What is a Parish Council?

It is a statutory local authority set up under the Local Government Act 1972.

'Westham Parish Council covers the villages of Stone Cross, Hankham and Westham. The boundary stretches from Hankham in the north right down to the seafront between Pevensey Bay and Sovereign Harbour. Elections to community councils are held every four years.  Westham Parish Council has 13 councillors who meet regularly to make decisions on the work and direction of the council. Westham Parish Councillors do not receive any salary but contribute a great deal of their time and energy to ensure the smooth running of the community.

Westham Parish Councillors can be contacted thus;

Norman Beaney 764565 westhamparishcouncil@aol.com
John Blaker 461299 moosehunter@inbox.com
Theresa Bruce 461299 theresadbruce@hotmail.com
Terry Comerford 461299 terrycomerford@tiscali.co.uk
Fiona Durling 461299 fionadurling.wpc@gmail.com
Gerry Garner (Vice Chair) 768062 us@thegarners.plus.com
Alf Lovell 461299 a-lovell@sky.com
Peter Marshall 07857 695654  westhamparishcouncil@aol.com
Gill Parsons 767615 parsonsgillian84@aol.com
Roger Perrin 461299 perrinra@hotmail.co.uk
Ken Saxby 766896 klpjwillcott@gmail.com
Keith Stevens (Chairman) 461299 / 07554048670 keithbd.stevens@btinternet.com
George Walker 740101 walkerg683@gmail.com

To view copies of the Councillors Register of Interests please click here

Westham Parish Council is responsible for:

  • Some street lighting
  • Adur Park Recreation Ground
  • Butcher’s Field
  • 4 childrens’ play parks
  • Some pathways
  • The War Memorial at Stone Cross
  • Allotments
  • Litter picking and general maintenance
  • Westham Pond

The Parish Clerk fulfils a number of functions that include:

  • Managing the office in Stone Cross Primary School
  • Managing the community finances
  • Providing legal advice
  • Inspecting the play parks
  • Contacting advising and liaising with contractors
  • Liaising with Wealden Council, East Sussex County Council and the PCSO
  • Advising and meeting residents

Westham Parish Council has been awarded Quality Parish Status by passing several tests.

These are for the:

  • Electoral Mandate
  • Qualifications of the Clerk
  • Council Meetings
  • Communication and Community Engagement
  • Annual Report
  • Accounts
  • Code of Conduct
  • Promoting of Local Democracy and Citizenship
  • Training

For further information on Quality parish Status please see the NALC website - www.nalc.gov.uk

Why not come along to the next Westham Parish Council meeting?

The dates, times and agendas are displayed on the community notice boards and meetings are held in either the Amenity Hall at Stone Cross School or Westham Village Hall (minutes are available on the website).

How are we funded?

The money that the council spends comes from the rates that are paid by the residents who live in the community and this is shown on the Wealden rates demand bill. This sum of money, called the ‘precept’, is used by the Westham Parish Council to improve facilities and services for local people. Westham Parish Council has recommended that the precept for 2016/2017 is £142,050 and it will fund maintenance, general administration costs, rates, grants, insurances and footpaths. It will also maintain recreation areas and play parks.

The following information may also be of help.

Member of Parliament  

Rt Hon Huw Merriman, MP

County Cllr  
Mike Pursglove 743514
District Cllrs  
Diane  Dear   766514
Mrs Lin Clark 768530
Kevin Balsdon 01323 887669 cllr.kevin.balsdon@wealden.gov.uk
Emergency Services
(Police, Fire and Ambulance)
Sussex Police
(For non-emergency calls)
0845 60 70 999
Local Fire and Rescue
(For advice on Fire Safety)
0845 130 8855
Trading Standards                             
(Doorstopper’s hotline)
(General line)

01323 418228
01323 418200
Consumer Direct 08454 040506
Buy With Confidence 01323 418215
Energywatch   O845 906 0708
(in case of gas leak)
0800 111 999