Who we are and what we do

Parish Councils have a number of basic responsibilities in improving the lives of local communities.  Their powers fall within three main categories: representing the whole electorate within the parish; delivering services to meet local needs; and striving to improve the quality of life in the parish.  Some examples of these powers are the provision of local youth projects, tourism activities, leisure facilities, car parks, village greens, public lavatories, litterbins, burial grounds, allotments, bus shelters, commons, open spaces, footpaths, bridleways, and crime reduction measures.  Parish Councils can also comment on planning applications - they are statutory consultees (they have to be consulted if they so wish) and can be represented at public inquiries. To meet its responsibilities Westfield Parish Council works in partnership with Rother District Council and East Sussex County Council

We have 11 councillors who are elected every 4 years. Councillors are unpaid but have the services of a part-time (18 hours per week) paid Clerk to the Council. The Council meets in public at 7pm usually on the 1st Wednesday of every month. A period of about 20 minutes is set aside near the start of each meeting, so that parishioners can comment or ask questions about any item on the agenda. Additionally, planning meetings are held on the same evening at 6:30pm. There is also a Parish Assembly in April or May for all residents to attend and at which we present a summary of the Council’s activities throughout the year. District and County Councillors usually attend all of these meetings and report on the activities of their respective Councils. Notice of meetings is displayed on the parish notice boards four days before the meeting and minutes of the meetings are published on this website.

The Council has the powers to raise income by means of a precept levied on households in the parish and this is collected together with Council Tax by Rother District Council. In addition they may apply for other funding such as grants but they do not receive any funding from central government. The Council precept and expenditure is monitored annually by independent auditors.

The main contact for the Parish Council is the Parish Clerk: 

Jane Clarke
Clerk & RFO to Westfield Parish Council

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Tel: 07399 229 739