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 2019. The latest elections were held on the 2nd May 2019. All Councillor positions are voluntary.

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.

Parish Council 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.

Ten of our Parish Councilllors were nominated and un-contested at election. The remaining Parish Councillor seat was filled in June 2019 through the co-option process.

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

Our councillors are elected or co-opted. Please see our Casual Vacancy and Co-option Procedures to explain how we recruit a new Councillor other than through an election.

  • Casual Vacancy and Co-option Procedures (Word Document, 181 Kb)

    The Casual Vacancy and Co-option Procedures guide the Parish Council through the legal procedures for the recruitment of a new Councillor, other than through an election

Councillors

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.

Councillors Register (Declarations) of Interest

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

Code of Conduct

All Council Members have a duty to uphold high standards of behaviour in public life.

  • Code of Conduct (PDF, 291 Kb)

    The code of conduct is an agreed set of rules outlining the norms, rules, and responsibilities of, and or proper practices and expected behaviours for, a councillor.

General Power of Competence

Herstmonceux Parish council confirmed and resolved their eligibility for the prescribed conditions for the General Power of Competence at the Herstmonceux Parish Full Council Meeting on the 13th May 2019.

The General Power of Competence (Localism Act 2011) offers 'explicit freedom' to eligible Parish Councils to make reasonable, accountable and lawful decisions; undertaking anything that an individual (with full capacity) may do.

Meetings

Full Council

The Council has the power to carry out authorised functions as vested in the Council by the Local Government Act 1972, (S14.1) through a pre-determined decision-making process.

A Full Council must meet at least 4 times in any one year, one of which must be their Annual Meeting. Herstmonceux Parish Council schedule a Full Council meeting for each calendar month of the year.

Responsible to the parish electorate, the Full Council meeting allows for democratic local leadership. Any decision making is taken to promote the environmental, social and economic well-being of the electorate.

Herstmonceux Parish Council Standing Orders

  • Standing Orders (PDF, 249 Kb)

    Our Standing Orders describe how the council operates including how meetings and the business of the council are conducted.

Herstmonceux Parish Council Financial Regulations

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

Committees

Our committees have specific tasks and may have delegated powers.

Our Staff

Newsletters

The Parish Council produce a quarterly update publication to inform residents of the parish about Parish Council priorities and work.

Newsletters prior to 2018 may be found on our old website

Policies

You can find all of our policies here.