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.
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 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 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.
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.
The allowance for the 2019/20 and 2020/21 financial year is £413 per year for Members and £649 for the Chairman.
An independent remuneration panel makes recommendations on the allowance for town and parish councils. Click Report of the Wealden Parish Independent Remuneration Panel on Town and Parish Councillor Allowances for 2020/2021 for the public notice regarding the setting of the town councillors' allowance.
The following parish councillors claim an allowance:
- Cllr Alder
- Cllr Emma Goodsell
- Cllr Kenward
- Cllr Naish
Code of Conduct
All Council Members have a duty to uphold high standards of behaviour in public life.
Code of Conduct (PDF, 306 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.
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
Our committees have specific tasks and may have delegated powers.
You can find all of our policies here.