Cuckfield Parish Council is calling on residents passionate about their community to consider becoming a Parish Councillor, as we currently have 1 vacancy to fill.
What do councillors do?
Councillors are the champions of their community and give residents a voice on the decisions the council makes. Becoming a councillor will allow you to make a real difference in your community by engaging with residents, local groups and businesses to find out their needs; making decisions on which services and projects the council should take forward; and getting involved locally to ensure the services are meeting your community’s needs.
The main areas of focus for Cuckfield are:
- Reviewing planning applications against the Neighbourhood and District Plan and making recommendations to MSDC.
- Working with WSCC Highways to identify and implement changes to the roads infrastructure to make Cuckfield a safer place for both pedestrians and traffic.
- Focus on the immediate environment to ensure Cuckfield maintains its green spaces for the benefit of local residents and visitors.
- Key areas of responsibility are:
- The Cemetery, Observer Field and Nuclear Bunker
- Allotment sites at Courtmead Road and Whitemans Green
- The Queen’s Hall and Cuckfield Village Hall
- Horsefield Green
- Summer and winter planting schemes within the village centre
- Speedwatch and the roving Speed Indicator Device
- The annual Christmas Street Festival
- The future transfer of the green site at Buttinghill Drive
- Commenting on all planning applications relevant to Cuckfield
How long 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. This often includes attending meetings, engaging with residents and speaking on behalf of the council to other bodies. Obviously there are some councillors who spend more than this – and some less, but in the main, being a parish councillor is an enjoyable way of contributing to your community, and helping to make it a better place to live and work. Currently Cuckfield Parish Council meets once every 3 weeks.
Can I stand?
There are only a few rules to stand for co-option. You must be:
- A British citizen, or a citizen of the Commonwealth, or the European Union
- 18 years of age or older
- Live or work within Cuckfield
How can I get involved?
Contact Sam Heynes, Parish Clerk, Cuckfield Parish Council at 01444 454276 or [email protected] to find out more.