Be a Parish Councillor

We urgently need residents who are willing to be involved with village life, to stand in the local elections on 2 May. 2019 is election year for towns, parishes and districts, and like everyone else Rodmell will be electing new parish councillors for a four-year term. Rodmell can elect seven councillors; we currently have six, with one vacancy. Of the present Council, I may stand again though I wish to step down as Chair; two councillors have agreed to stand again and the other three will not be standing. If the number falls below three, Rodmell will be placed under the direct control of Lewes District Council, an outcome which no one who cares for the village would want.

Councillors are the champions of their community. Becoming a councillor will allow you to make a real difference by engaging with other residents, local groups and businesses to find out their needs, making decisions on which services and projects the council should take forward, and ensuring that the services provided are meeting these needs.

How much time does it take?

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) Local Councillor Census Survey found that councillors put aside, on average, three hours a week for council work, including attending meetings, engaging with residents and speaking on behalf of the council to other bodies.

Am I eligible?

Probably. If you’re a British, Commonwealth or EU (for the time being) citizen, 18 or over, and live either in Rodmell or nearby, you can stand for election.

What to do?

Parish Clerk Derek Blackhall writes:

  • If you wish to stand as a Parish Councillor at the elections to be held on the 2nd May 2019 you must complete the nomination form
  • when completed you need to hand deliver the form to Lewes District Council
  • nomination papers will be received at Lewes by the election staff from Tuesday, 19th March and will close on Wednesday 3rd April at 4pm – no nomination papers will be accepted after this closing date
  • it is recommended you call Lewes District Council on 01273 471600 to secure an appointment to submit your completed form. They will be receiving nomination papers for the whole district, so they will be quite busy
  • if you require an electoral number for your proposer and seconder please call 07787 155506 or text me with their name/address so I can find the information on the electoral roll, which will also include the polling district

Download the Nomination pack

Download the Notice of Council elections


If you have any other queries about the election process, please contact
Derek Blackhall, Parish Clerk, 07787 155506, or

Similarly, if you would like to talk about what’s involved in being a Councillor, get in touch with me and I can speak to you on the phone or in person.

John Gillies
Chair, Rodmell Parish Council, 07775 521883, or

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