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Welcome to Withyham Parish Council
Withyham Parish is a beautiful parish within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). It has approximately 3,000 residents and falls under the local government of Wealden District Council Opens a new window which, in turn, comes under East Sussex County Council Opens a new window.
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The Parish is bordered by Kent and its principle village of Groombridge is split by the River Grom. This results in Old Groombridge being in Kent and New Groombridge being in East Sussex, and therefore in our parish. There are three other villages in the parish with their own identities and requirements – Blackham, Withyham and St John’s. In addition there are a number of diverse settlements including Lye Green, Friars Gate and Balls Green.
For electoral purposes the Parish is divided into two wards: Groombridge (covering New Groombridge and Withyham/Blackham) and Marden’s Hill.
The day to day business of the Council is managed by a Clerk with the support of an Assistant Clerk and Administrator. They can be contacted during business hours at the parish office.
The Parish Council is made up of thirteen Councillors who are elected every four years and who meet every second Monday of the month as a full Council. They are also required to be members of various committees and sub-committees covering such matters as Planning, Finance, Air Traffic, Road Safety and Rights of Way. Further information about your local councillors can be found on our Who’s Who page. All councillors give their time voluntarily.
Members of the public are welcome at these meetings and the agendas and minutes are posted on the website. We also display information on our noticeboards which are at St John’s Church, Cooks Corner London Road, The Dorset Arms Withyham, the junction of Balls Green and Station Road, Blackham Village Hall, Teasley Mead Blackham, Groombridge Post Office and the Parish Office.
The Parish Council is funded by a Precept, the amount householders of the Parish pay as part of the Council Tax, in order to maintain facilities and to respond to the needs of the community. Further information can be found on our Financial Information and Transparency pages.
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WITHYHAM PARISH COUNCIL– GRANT APPLICATIONS (2022-23 BUDGET)
Every year Withyham Parish Council invites local groups to apply for funding through the Grants Application process. Withyham Parish Council’s Finance and Administration Committee or Council will be considering grant applications through the year.
If your group or organisation contributes to the welfare of the community within the Parish by improving or supporting the activities/facilities and would like to be considered for financial support you can find all the information on the Community Grants page.
22nd JANUARY 2022 – COMMUNITY CAFE CANCELLED
Unfortunately due to high rates of covid cases in the UK the 22nd January Community Cafe will not be going ahead as planned. Check our What’s On calendar for 2022 events.
SALT / GRIT BINS
These are dotted around the Parish at strategic points, some are provided by East Sussex County Council, and others are provided by the Parish Council.
These salt / grit bins are for the use of residents, on public footpaths and roads.
Just a sprinkle of salt will start snow and ice to melt. It does not need ‘bucket fulls’, just a sprinkle; vehicles and foot traffic will spread it wider.
In very low temperatures even salt won’t help, but as temperatures rise it will accelerate the melt.
If you find a bin empty, contact East Sussex Highways on 0345 6080 193 or via their website. If the bin has a Withyham Parish Council sign on it please leave a message at the Parish Office on 01892864557.
Highway Coordinator, Withyham Parish Council
The Boundary Commission are currently conducting a consultation on the proposed new constituency boundaries in England. Here is Withyham Parish Council’s response to the Boundary Commission.