Herstmonceux Parish Council

Serving the people of Herstmonceux Parish

Clerk: Clare Harrison
The Parish Office, 4 The Old
Forge, Gardner Street
Herstmonceux, East Sussex
BN27 4LG

Tel: 01323 833312

  • Fields


  • Herstmonceux Village Hall

  • Herstmonceux Castle

  • Herstmonceux Observatory - Science Centre

  • Chapel Row triangle - photo credit Steve Slade

  • Herstmonceux Village Hall - WW1 Centenery Commemoration

  • Herstmonceux Village Entrance, Hailsham Road - photo credit Steve Slade

  • Herstmonceux Castle - Photo credit Steve Slade

  • Photo credit Steve Slade

  • Cattle at dusk

  • Dig for Victory exhibit 2018

  • All Saints Herstmonceux
  • Cowbeech Village - conservation area

  • Herstmonceux Village Sign - Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee

Herstmonceux Parish Council meetings during Covid-19 isolation period

As of May 2020, Herstmonceux Parish Council anticipate moving into virtual meetings when these are necessary. Any Committee or Full Council meeting Agenda will be published as per the usual timescales but due to un-necessary travel restrictions, the Agenda's may not be posted in all of the usual notice boards in the villages of the Parish. We will of course though, still endeavour to make any Agenda as accessible as possible to all members in our community.

The Agendas will be found on line in the usual place, Council Meetings pages of this website.

Planning Applications for Councillors comments during Covid-19 isolation period.

During this period of Covid-19 isolation and Council's reduced meetings, planning applications that are deemed not necessary to be discussed at a planning meeting, are still being considered by Councillors.

Councillors continue to access all planning application documents on line at the Wealden District Council (WDC) Planning Portal. Instead of discussion and agreement of response comments and observations in a Planning Committee meeting, these are returned by email, collated by the Clerk, sent around to the Committee members for approval and once approved, submitted to WDC Planning Department, with a disclaimer that Comments have been collated by email due to the government imposed current isolation period.

Members of the public can, as always, submit their own responses to planning applications via the Wealden portal.

Received Planning Applications that are awaiting a return submission from Herstmonceux Parish Council (HPC) will be shown below here. Following a response from HPC to WDC, comments will be shown on the Wealden portal under the relevant application number or address.

For other information about HPC's involvement in the planning process and past submitted comments and observations (2018 & 2019) please see the planning pages of this website.

  • Planning Application WD 2020 0574 F (PDF, 9 Kb)



    Amended Plan and Application Form received 19 and 20 May 2020.

  • Planning Application WD 2020 0947 LDE (PDF, 86 Kb)

    COMPLETED 2007.

Getting us through COVID-19
Local Community Volunteer Newsletters

  • LCAV Newsletter Publication 2 MayDay 2020 (PDF, 1.2 Mb)

    The second edition newletter from the Local Community Action Volunteering scheme in Herstmonceux Parish. Set up to support vulnerable and extremely vulnerable, and anyone else needing a helping hand, through the isolation period of Covid-19

  • LCAV Newsletter Publication 1 Easter 2020 (PDF, 254 Kb)

    The very first edition of the Local Community Action Volunteering scheme in Herstmonceux Parish. Set up to support vulnerable and extremely vulnerable, and anyone else needing a helping hand, through the isolation period of Covid-19

Herstmonceux Parish

The Parish of Herstmonceux is located in the south-eastern area of Wealden District within East Sussex. It is situated around the main A271 road which runs between Ninfield and Bexhill in the east and some 4 miles east of Hailsham in the west. Predominantly rural in nature, the parish contains the settlements of Herstmonceux, Cowbeech and Windmill Hill. There are a wide range of services and facilities which serve the local community.

The Parish enjoys a strong farming community; a world-famous castle and Bader International Study Centre; a self-funded, self-sustaining, modern Village Hall; a Village Information Centre; an award winning Integrative Health Surgery and vibrant community spirit with many voluntary organisations that reach out to all members of the Parish, including the most vulnerable.

Herstmonceux Parish Council provides your local services. The Parish Council has a strong relationship with its community partners and continues to seek ways to improve Council's accessibility for residents to participate in decision making.

We strive to make Herstmonceux a better place to live, work and play. Our website includes a wealth of information about how we conduct business and what we do. Use the search or browse the site to find whatever you are looking for. If you can't find the information you require then please contact us.

Herstmonceux Parish Neighbourhood Plan

Herstmonceux Parish are very proud of their Neighbourhood Plan. The Plan sets out the business plan aims and objectives for improvements to community services and facilities and sustainable development for the period of 2017 - 2027.

Background information, policy detail and all documents of the Herstmonceux Neighbourhood Plan can be found here.

Latest News

Bulky Waste Collection update from WDC

WDC are pleased to announce that, following some initial disruption to staffing levels due to Coronavirus, the Council and its waste contractor Biffa are able to resume the household bulky waste collection service from Tuesday 5 May 2020.

Bookings and payments can be made for this service from Friday 1 May 2020.

Please note this service has limited availability and is likely to be in high demand. As the local Household Waste Recycling Sites are currently closed, we want to ensure this service is available to those most in need. Please continue to help us by avoiding creating unnecessary waste until the tips can reopen. More »

You will be aware that social distancing measures to protect the public remain in place. Accordingly, any items to be removed must be placed in an easily accessible location outside of the house for 7am on the day of collection. They must also be accessible to our operatives without needing to breach social distancing rules. If on arrival items cannot be accessed or removed safely, they will not be collected and a refund will not be given.

Our preference is for residents to book and pay for this service online using https://my.wealden.gov.uk/ especially as our staff are very busy dealing with the Covid 19 emergency. If you cannot book and pay on line please phone 01323 443322 however, please understand we may not be able to answer calls as quickly as normal.

For further information on the bulky waste collection service, including what we collect and the charges please visit https://www.wealden.gov.uk/recycling-and-waste/bulky-household-waste-collections/

We are very grateful to our residents for their understanding and support during this difficult time we all face together. With the resumption of the bulky waste collection service; we are pleased to report that all waste services provided by the Council are now operating as normal again.

For further updates on the Coronavirus outbreak and disruption to our services please visit https://www.wealden.gov.uk/ » Less

Posted: Thu, 30 Apr 2020 17:41 by Clare Harrison

May 2020 Parish Council Newsletter

The latest Parish Council newsletter is available for viewing here

Posted: Thu, 23 Apr 2020 14:33 by Clare Harrison

Herstmonceux Parish Local Community Action Volunteer Support Scheme

The very first edition newsletter from the LCAV scheme in Herstmonceux Parish.

Supporting the vulnerable and extremely vulnerable parishioners, and anyone else needing a helping hand, through the isolation period of Covid-19

Posted: Tue, 14 Apr 2020 12:17 by Clare Harrison

CoronaVirus Stay at Home Support

For support from your local community volunteers with shopping, prescriptions collection, dog walking, check in phone calls to see how you are, call the Herstmonceux Parish Helpline Number 07934 712707.

Urgent health problems and clinical advice about coronavirus

If you need medical help for any reason, do NOT go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature or a new, continuous cough), use the 111 coronavirus service.

If you need help or advice not related to coronavirus:

  • for health information and advice, use the NHS website or your GP surgery website
  • for urgent medical help, use the NHS 111 online service – only call 111 if you're unable to get help online.
  • for life-threatening emergencies, call 999 for an ambulance

Support for Family Carers - Care for the Carers

At this difficult time, Care for the Carers are working hard to make sure that unpaid carers feel supported and connected and have the information to care safely during coronavirus. We are still here for you, so please get in touch 10am-5pm Monday-Friday (except Bank Holidays) as follows:

  • Call us on: 01323 738390
  • Text: 07860 077300
  • Email: info@cftc.org.uk
  • Facebook: Message us at Care for the Carers​

Mental health support

Find mental health support in East Sussex through the online Mental Health Directory of Community Support. You can also visit Health in Mind for free courses and therapy for people in East Sussex, to help with stress, anxiety and low mood.

A Children and Young Peoples pictorial guide to staying healthy can be found here.

Open for Parents website

  • Open for Parents East Sussex website providing information, advice and resources to parents and carers on all things children and family

Protecting vulnerable people

Report an adult who is being abused, neglected or exploited

Report a child or teenager at risk of harm

Safe Space Sussex - an online directory of local victim services. In response to the 'lockdown' and concerns raised around crimes like Domestic Abuse, this site has been upgraded and a campaign has been launched on social media (@SussexPCC) to help victims covertly reach out for help whilst stuck in isolation – search #SafeSpaceSussex

Benefits and employment support

Government advice

Business support

Local advice for businesses

Sitting Exercises for Older People

Whilst having to limit getting out and about, you could try to attempt these exercises at least twice a week, this will help to improve muscle strength, balance and co-ordination. However, if you've not done much physical activity for a while, you may want to get the all-clear from a GP before starting.