The Parish Council consists of 9 Councillors, who are elected every 4 years. Each May at the Council’s Annual Meeting, Councillors are elected to the positions of Chairman and Vice Chairman.
When We Meet
The Parish Council generally meets on the first Monday of each month (with some exceptions) Meeting dates for 2017 may be viewed here. Extra-ordinary meetings may be called at other times, if required. Parish Council meetings are open to any members of the public and, from January 2017, will take place at Wivelsfield Church Hall. You can find Agenda, Minutes and dates of future meetings here. Please don’t hesitate to contact any member of the council or the clerk to find out further information.
What are we Responsible For?
The Parish Council represents the Parishioners’ views to the district council. It is responsible for allocating funds for repair or installation of street lighting, reviewing planning applications, for certain aspects of footpaths, bus shelters, etc. Grants can sometimes be obtained towards certain village and parish activities.
In November each year the Council considers the required expenditure for the coming year and agrees a budget, which is funded by the precept collected by Lewes District Council as part of the Council Tax.
It is the Custodian Trustee for the Village Hall and Playing Field, with the Wivelsfield Village Hall and Recreation Ground Management Committee manages the day-to-day running of each.
There are three notice boards in the parish. The main one can be found on the western wall of the village shop, the second is on the eastern wall of the Village Hall, and the third is situated in Theobalds Road, on the side of the barn at Theobalds Farm. The Parish Council publishes a quarterly magazine, the ‘Wivelsfield News’ in March, June, September and December. In the Mid Sussex Times, published each Thursday (available from the village shop), there is a section entitled “Village Voice” that contains information about Wivelsfield. It features current events and other matters of interest.
Specific duties are often taken on by dedicated working groups. At present these groups are as follows:
- Asset & Planning Working Group
- Community Development Working Group
- Highways Working Group
- Finance & Personnel Working Group
- Communications Working Group