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

Who we are & what we do

Members of the Council, each of equal value, work as a single, democratic body of statute (set up and controlled by Acts of Parliament) to help the Council to make decisions on behalf of the local electorate.

Herstmonceux Parish Council consists of 11 Councillors who serve for a four year term, ending in 2023. The latest elections were held on the 2nd May 2019. All Councillor positions are voluntary.

General Power of Competence Herstmonceux Parish council confirm and resolve their eligibility for the prescribed conditions for the General Power of Competence at the annual Herstmonceux Parish Full Council Meeting each May. This statute, the General Power of Competence (Localism Act 2011), offers Herstmonceux Parish Council (and any other eligible council) 'explicit freedom' to make reasonable, accountable and lawful decisions; undertaking anything that an individual (with full capacity) may do.

The Parish Office is located at The Old Forge, 4 Gardner Street, Herstmonceux, BN27 4LG.

Full Council Meetings are usually held on the third Monday of every month at Herstmonceux Village Hall. The Planning Committee usually meets on the first Tuesday of every month. The Finance and General Purposes Committee usually meets on the second Tuesday of every month and the Amenities Committee meet on the fourth Monday of every other month - January, March, May, July, September, November. See the diary of meetings for more information.

For further information relating to the services offered by the Parish Council please contact the Clerk at the Parish Office on 01323 833312 who will be happy to give advice and assistance.

Herstmonceux Parish Councillors

Your Parish Councillors - what they do

Councillors are the representation of local community voice, highlighting local issues and contributing to the work of the council by:

  • suggesting ideas;
  • engaging in constructive debate;
  • commenting on proposals to ensure the best outcomes;
  • voting to enable the council to make decisions.

Herstmonceux Parish Councillors' Register (Declarations) of Interest

You can find each Parish Councillor's Declaration of Interest, held within their individual record, on the Wealden District Council website - Councillors' Register of Interests

Any subsequent Declaration of Interest, for example those appertaining to a specific / one off agenda item, will be found within the Parish Council meeting minutes.

Decision Making - Committees and Working Groups

Financial Regulations: Herstmonceux Parish Council Financial Regulations can be found on our Financial Information Page

Staff at Herstmonceux Parish Council

Member's Allowances

Members can claim an allowance to cover the expenses which are normally associated with the basic duties of being a parish councillor. Travelling and subsistence expenses are treated separately.

The level of allowance must be the same for all but the Chairman of the Council.

An independent remuneration panel makes recommendations on the allowance for town and parish councils. This information is held on the Wealden District Council Website Click where the public notice regarding the setting of the town councillors' allowance is held.

The following Parish Councillors claim an allowance:

  • Cllr Alder
  • Cllr Goodsell
  • Cllr Kenward
  • Cllr Lee
  • Cllr Naish

Local Elections

Councillors are elected by the electors of the Parish (section 16 (2) of the Local Government Act 1972) every four years; or bye-election, co-option, appointment by the district council or by return after a successful election petition.

The last Parish Council Elections were held in May 2019. Herstmonceux Parish holds seats for 11 councillors. All seats were filled at the last election with un-contested nominations.

Due to resignations since the election, 8 of our Parish Councilllors remain elected Councillors and 3 seats are now Co-opted onto.

Please see our Casual Vacancy and Co-option Procedures (below) to explain how we recruit a new Councillor other than through an election.

Further information regarding the elections, nominations and voting can be found on the Wealden District Council website and on this website.

Casual Vacancies at Herstmonceux Parish Council

Should a vacancy arise on the Parish Council, the following procedure will be followed:


Action By

Step 1

Notify the Electoral Services Section that a vacancy has arisen.


Step 2

Electoral Services will provide the Clerk with a Notice Of Vacancy for display in the Parish/Parish Ward.

The NOV will state why the casual vacancy has arisen. It will also explain that the Rules allow for 10 electors of the Parish/Parish Ward to write to the Returning Officer at Wealden District Council (WDC) to request that vacancy is filled by an election. The 10 signatures/requests have to be received within 14 working days of NOV publication date. The NOV will also state when an election has to take place by, if one is called. If a request from 10 electors is not received within the specified time, then the Parish Council can co-opt to fill vacancy.

Wealden Electoral Services

Step 3

Electoral Services will notify the Clerk if an election request is received or will confirm if the vacancy can be filled by co-option.

Wealden Electoral Services

Step 4


a) an election is held; or

Wealden Electoral Services

b) the Parish Council use co-option procedures to fill the vacancy.

Parish/Town Council


If a casual vacancy arises within 6 months before the day on which the councillor whose office is vacant would normally have retired, then the Parish Council may fill the vacancy by co-option or wait until the next ordinary election. A by-election is not held in those circumstances.

The Council will then revert to their Co-option Procedures as found below, ensuring that:

Prospective councillors qualify for membership of the Council under one of the provisions of S 79 of the Local Government Act 1972, i.e.,

a) they are on the electoral register for the Parish;

b) they have owned or rented land in the Parish for twelve months;

c) they have worked in the Parish for twelve months; or

d) they have lived in the Parish or within three miles/4.8 kilometres of the Parish boundary for twelve months.

In addition they should be a qualifying Commonwealth citizen, a citizen of the Republic of Ireland or a citizen of another Member State of the European Community and have attained the age of 18.

  • HPC Co-Option Policy (PDF, 64 Kb)

    The formally agreed procedures for Co-Opting of new Councillors that Herstmonceux Parish Council abide by.