What area does Lindfield Parish Council cover?

There are two Parish Councils representing residents in the Lindfield area.  Lindfield Parish Council came into being in 1987 and covers most of what can be described as Lindfield "Urban" but the Council voted at the outset to drop "Urban" from its title. Lindfield Rural Parish includes Walstead and Scaynes Hill and the area around Gravelye Lane.

 What part does the Parish Council play in Local Government?

The Parish Council is the third tier of local government, after the County Council and the District Council, but it is a non-political body.  It is at the "grass roots" and is in the best position to represent the views of the local community.

How is the Parish Council Organized?

Lindfield Parish Council has twelve Councillors, a Clerk, a Deputy Clerk and a Responsible Financial Officer.  Full Council currently meets every two months, and much of its work is remitted to three main Committees:

Planning & Traffic Commitee   Terms of Reference

The Planning and Traffic Committee meets every three weeks to meet deadlines for responses to planning applications and is responsible for:

  • Examining and making recommendations to the Council on all major planning applications and on consultations relating to National and Regional Planning Policy and the Local Development Framework.
  • Examining and dealing with, on behalf of the Council, all minor planning applications and tree preservation order matters.
  • Examining and making recommendations to the Council on all traffic issues and new highway facilities relating to the Parish which are the responsibility of West Sussex County Council. 

Finance & General Purposes Committee  Terms of Reference

The Finance and General Purposes Committee meets every two months and its responsibilities include:

  • Overseeing the general running of the Parish Council office and the maintenance of the Council’s financial records.
  • Preparing the accounts of the Council with the Responsible Financial Officer, and arranging for the annual external audit.
  • Co-ordinating the preparation of the annual budget and recommending to Council the annual precept to be levied for the Parish.
  • Considering grant and donation requests.
  • Overseeing the production of the Lindfield Village Directory and Year book.
  • Keeping abreast of new legislation.
  • To deal with any matters of policy that do not fall within the remit of any other Committee.

Environment and Amenities Committee  Terms of Reference

The Environment and Amenities Committee meets every two months and has specific responsibility for:

  • Looking after some 45 lighting columns in the village, in conjunction with our contractors, Streetlights.
  • Maintaining the public toilets in Denmans Lane
  • Undertaking general maintenance in the village to seats, bins, bollards etc. and planting up and maintain tubs of flowers etc.
  • Arranging for extra garden maintenance to be carried out in the Medical Centre car park
  • Running the Denmans Lane Allotments site.
  • Maintaining the King Edward Hall clock.
  • Providing and maintaining bus shelters.
  • Organising the Christmas Festival night (and to erecting lights in the High Street trees over the Christmas period when possible ).
  • To maintain the Village Archive collection

There is also a Complaints Commmittee which meets as required to respond to formal complaints.

Complaints Committee  Terms of Reference

All meetings of the Council are advertised on the Parish Council notice board in Denmans Lane, and on this web site. They are open to the public and the Council would like to encourage residents to come along - the elected Members are your representatives and your views are important to them.

 What does the Parish Council do?

The Parish Council has a surprising number of powers which it can exercise if it so wishes. Below are some of the activities Lindfield Parish Council currently carries out for the benefit of the village:

  • Owns the Parish Office at The Clock Tower House, Lindfield Enterprise Park, Lewes Road, where assistance with concessionary travel passes can be obtained, planning applications and Minutes of meetings can be viewed
  • Owns and manages the allotment site in Denmans Lane
  • Owns and manages the public toilets in Denmans Lane
  • Considers all planning applications relating to Lindfield, and makes comments as appropriate, to the District Council
  • Provides and maintains bus shelters
  • Maintains the King Edward Hall clock
  • Provides litter bins and some seats and benches in the village
  • Plants trees and bulbs in roadside verges with consent of the relevant authority
  • Provides and maintains tubs of plants in Denmans Lane, plus other gardening maintenance throughout the village
  • Is responsible for some of the street lighting in Lindfield
  • Has contributed towards the cost of traffic calming works
  • Produces the annual Lindfield Parish Directory and Year Book
  • Funds and holds the Village Archives
  • Works in partnership with the County and District Councils, and the Society for the Preservation of Lindfield, for the benefit of the village
  • Organises an annual Spring Clean
  • Organises the annual Christmas Festival Night

Who pays for the Parish Council?

The Parish Council raises the funds to undertake these services and facilities through what is known as the precept. This is charged to residents through the council tax. For the financial year 2018/19 the precept is £156,000.

To see the Council's accounts for the last financial year, click here: annual report 2016/17

 What services does the the Parish Office provide?

The first Parish Office in Denmans Lane opened in July 1996, and many of you have taken the opportunity to visit it. In March 2013 the Parish Office moved to new and larger premises in the Enterprise Park in Lewes Road.  If you have not yet ventured in, then below is a brief guide to the services provided, for details of opening times click here:

  • Providing codes for obtaining concessionary Senior Railcards
  • Inspection of planning applications
  • Reading of Council and Committee Minutes
  • Bus/Train timetables and other local information
  • Reporting of street lighting faults and other damage
  • General enquiries