Parish council profile

Parish Council Profile

Number of Councillors 7
Meetings per year 8 plus Annual Parish Assembly
Average period between meetings 6 weeks
Usual venue for meetings Brightling Village Hall
Chairman Andrew Wedmore
Vice Chairman Christopher French
Planning Committee David Gasson, Christopher French and Andrew Wedmore
Councillors Caroline Croft, David Gasson, Christopher French, Daniel Lambert-Gorwyn, Jane Oxenford, Andrew Wedmore,  Roderick Wrenn
Statutory Functions
Churchyards Annual grant made to Brightling PCC towards maintenance of the churchyard.
Crime Prevention The expenses of Neighbourhood Watch Chief Co-ordinator are reimbursed by Council. The council consults and reports incidents to Sussex Police and has regular contact with the local PCSO.
School Governors School Governor Mrs Bobby Steel sends reports on Dallington School to Brightling Parish Council 3 times per year.
Rights of Way In partnership with ESCC, the council regularly checks footpaths and bridleways for clearance, surface condition, signage and bridge maintenance and reports to ESCC for work to be carried out. Limited clearance work undertaken by council.
Trees and Verges All councillors are registered as Tree Wardens, various training courses available. Overgrown hedgerows abutting highways are observed and landowners notified when cutting back of trees or hedges required, if no action taken reported to ESCC as Highways Authority have powers to serve notices for clearance. Reports damaged or missing furniture and signs to ESCC. Taken responsibility for maintenance and decoration (biannual programme) of traditional guideposts from ESCC who remain the ‘owners’.
Drainage Road drainage is responsibility of ESCC Highways, council regularly checks for blockages etc and informs ESCC as necessary.
Post and Telecomms Consulted by Post Office and BT regarding changes to services.
Buildings and Halls Supports the independent Village Hall Committee, appoints representative to the Committee (currently Cllr Jane Oxenford) who reports back to council. Gives financial support annually.
Planning Proposals Consulted by Rother District Council (RDC). Reports unauthorised work to RDC. Consulted by RDC/ESCC on planning strategies.
War Memorials Partner with PCC for maintenance/restoration as and when necessary.
Emergency Planning Responsible for drafting and maintaining Parish Emergency Plan and issuing to RDC/ESCC.
Community Benefit The council gives annual donations to various charities that provide a tangible benefit to the residents of Brightling. Currently they include Sussex Air Ambulance, St Michael’s Hospice, the Rural Rother Trust, Bexhill and Rother Citizens Advice Bureau and Sussex Victim Support.
Clerk Dr Brian Holdstock
Council Office Little Midge, Ashburnham, Battle, TN33 9PB.
Internal Auditor Keith Robertson, contact via Council Office
Subscribes to Sussex Association of Local Councils (NALC through SALC)
Rother Association of Local Councils
Action in Rural Sussex
Key Relationships Cllr Eleanor Kirby-Green, RDC
Cllr John Barnes, ESCC
Mr D Stevens, Chief Executive, RDC
Sussex Police
High Weald AONB
Last updated 6 June 2017

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One Comment

  1. gary pilbeam
    8th January 2019 @ 10:35 am

    We live at Fullers Barn, opposite Sugar Loaf Yard (formerly Ajeers). We wonder whether you are aware that the car park area has now become a dumping site for old lorry tyres and canisters of vehicle paint and chemicals. We fear there is a potential for significant fly tipping as the area is hidden from the highway. I believe there is a right of way across the car park to adjacent land and there is a public footpath leading to the Sugar Loaf.
    I am informed that the site might have been purchased by the Park Lane Group although when I contacted them several months ago they denied being the owners.
    I wonder if you have had any dealings or knowledge over this matter. I don’t think Rother will be interested as it involves private land although the Environment Agency might. I can be contacted on 07780798778


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