Our Parish Council
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OUR PARISH COUNCIL
The parish of Rodmell and Northease has less than 200 dwellings, which makes it one of the smallest in the country, but it is still subject to all the legal regulations of a statutory body. We have seven elected Councillors, all volunteers, plus a Parish Clerk who is our Responsible Financial Officer and the only person who is paid. As a representative body we don’t have a very strong position: while we are constantly accessible to our parishioners we have a rather limited amount of influence and very little actual power. What we mainly do is to act as a filter and conduit for local needs and opinions, which we try to direct to those who do have the power – though nowadays not always the funds – to respond.
Many people think of a parish – and by association its Council – as being to something do with the church, but in fact a parish is firstly an administrative region, and the Parish Council – not to be confused with the Parochial Church Council – is this country’s smallest building block of local government.
With the new General Data Protection Regulations only the latest mountain of red tape threatening to smother even the smallest of public organisations, many people might be questioning whether it is worth the while of volunteers to be involved in something that enjoys so little power and so much regulation as a Parish Council.
But if a community like ours wants to have at least token voice in choosing its destiny, the Parish Council needs to be a vital part of its life. If it fails to elect at least three Councillors, it risks being at the mercy of a much larger Town, District or County organisation which almost certainly knows and cares less about its needs and aspirations than those who live there. On this website (which is owned and operated by the Parish Council) we try to detail some of the ways that the Council works for the village, to give you access to our recent activities and documents, and to keep you up to date with what you need to know and in some cases can take part in deciding.
Rodmell Parish Councillors 2019/20
John Gillies (Chairman)
(Portfolio: Website, Highways contacts)
Lesley Prosser (Deputy Chair)
(Portfolio: Planning, Sports field management, Mowing, Hedge Trimming)
(Portfolio: Allotments, Trees, Sports field management; Agriculture)
(Portfolio: Northease, C7 and traffic management, Highways contacts, POLO)
CLERK TO THE PARISH COUNCIL:
Mr Derek Blackhall (Until June 15th)
22 Kymer Gardens, Keymer
Hassocks BN6 8QZ
Dates for forthcoming Rodmell Parish Council meetings:
- Tuesday 9th January 2019
- Tuesday 5th March
- Friday 3rd May – PARISH ASSEMBLY
- Tuesday 14th May (Annual Meeting)
- Tuesday 2nd July
- Tuesday 3rd September
- Tuesday 19th November
- Tuesday 7th January 2020
An agenda for every meeting is published on this website a few days before each meeting. These, along with the Minutes of previous meetings and other Council records, are stored online and you can access them here.
All our meetings are held in in the Village Hall starting at 8pm unless stated otherwise in the agenda.
Website Privacy Notice
Data Subject Access and the
Data Protection Act
If you wish to find out what information RPC holds about you please contact us providing your contact details, a brief description of the information you require and enclose proof of your identity. This could be a scanned copy of a household bill, passport or driving licence.
You will receive a response to your request within 20 days.
Please send your request to one of the following:
Email address: email@example.com
Postal address: Rodmell Parish Clerk, 22 Kymer Gardens, Keymer, Hassocks, West Sussex, BN6 8QZ