The Parish Council represents you – electors at local level and has powers and duties set by law. It has a small proportion (average 5%) of your Council Tax to spend. Find out what we do for you here.
District services such as refuse collection, housing, and planning are the responsibility of Wealden District Council. East Sussex County Council provides transport, highways, education and other major services. However, the Parish Council is consulted on most of these issues and can lobby for action where it does not have its own powers.
The Parish Council has 13 councillors (10 in Rotherfield Ward and 3 in Eridge & Mark Cross Ward), one employee – the Clerk and an independent part-time administrator. The full Parish Council meets monthly on the last Thursday of every month. This meeting receives reports of meetings by committees, approves expenditure and discusses major items that require decision. Usually the District and County Councillors who serve the Parish are present to give a monthly report to the meeting.
There is a committee structure in place and currently committees work on items connected with Planning & Building, Recreation & Burial Grounds, Highways, Lighting & Transport, Communication & Media and Finance & General Purposes. Sub-Committees and Working Parties are formed as needed. Councillors are usually a member of two committees (or more if they wish to) and attend all full council meetings. Meetings start at 19:30 and all are open to members of the public.
The primary role of a councillor is to represent the views and interests of people who live in the Parish. At meetings, councillors are able to participate in decision making, contribute to policy and strategy review, and formulate initiatives that will help Rotherfield Parish thrive.
Once councillors are elected or co-opted, they are required to agree to a Code of Conduct and register their financial and personal interests. Meetings are run according to a set of Standing Orders and Rotherfield Council’s financial dealings are governed by a set of Financial Regulations. Party politics have no place in the running of the Parish Council.