Who does what
Barcombe Parish Council covers Barcombe, Barcombe Mills, Spithurst and Town Littleworth — here's a map. Up to eleven parish councillors are elected every four years; the last elections were in May 2015. When vacancies occur between elections, new councillors can be 'co-opted' — invited to join.
Most parish councils operate through committees. Barcombe PC currently prefers not to use the committee model: instead all members consider all areas of PC business. Individuals also represent Barcombe PC at external meetings and functions. A salaried part-time Clerk handles administration and finance, and is very happy to discuss matters by post, telephone, email or in person.
Meeting dates and times can be found on the PC notice board by the village car park entrance, where minutes of meetings are also posted. But to save shoe leather, why not sign up for email news and info on our opening page?
All meetings are public!
So please come along to make a point, to ask a question or just to see what's going on...
Barcombe PC owns the recreation ground, the sports pavilion, the children's playground, the thriving allotment area, the 'Wild About Barcombe' nature area and the cycle jump area.
The Parish Council invests substantially in maintaining and improving facilities. Some funding comes from grant awards, some comes from the Council Tax Precept. In recent years Barcombe PC has erected new safety netting between the playground and the recreation ground, added a football game for older children and created new allotments. It facilitated a successful bid for £50,000 from the Lottery to create 'Wild about Barcombe', and in 2016 funded a new path from from Grange Road to this popular area. We also obtained a grant of £40,000 from the Protecting Playing Fields initiative, used to level, drain and create a playing surface on the lower part of the recreation ground. Work on this project finished in 2014.
Support has also been given in other areas. Contributions were made towards the new village hall and the Parish Council led an initiative — in partnership with Lewes District Council and the Hastoe Housing Trust — to create twelve new affordable homes in the Willows. This followed similar initiatives at Sidehills and the original Willows, all aimed at providing affordable housing for people with local connections.
Beyond Barcombe Cross
The Parish Council works closely with East Sussex County Council and Lewes District Council. It lobbies for improvements in areas controlled by these authorities, such as roads, footpaths, school liaison, parking, bus services etc. The PC is also consulted on planning applications and tree works: in turn it aims to consult locally and to comment on these applications. Two parts of the parish are Conservation Areas, and here as elsewhere, the Parish Council is keen to make sure that any development or change fits the location.