In essence the Parish Council is a statutory body - a branch of local government - which is responsible for what goes on in East Dean, Friston, Birling Gap & Crowlink and which represents all who live here.
The Parish Council owns the Recreation Ground, cricket pavilion, playground, tennis courts, Friston Green (including the pond & car park) and Downlands Way car park. It maintains all of these along with the bus shelters, the white highway finger posts, numerous waste bins, public seats, and 38 rights of way. The Council is the custodian trustee of the Village Hall
In addition, we are responsible for, amongst other things:
a) the Village Design Statement (VDS) to help influence the planning authority (SDNP) in determining short and long-term planning and development issues for the village
b) commenting to SDNP on local planning applications (anyone interested may come along and speak about any application at our monthly planning meetings)
c) the Village Emergency Plan and Self-Help Guide (available here or from the clerk)
d) liaising generally with ESCC, SDNP and WDC (eg on speeding, parking facilities, verge cutting)
e) working with and supporting the Parochial Church Council, the Village Hall Trust, the Residents Association and other local groups
f) supporting and encouraging East Dean Responders and Community Watch
g) supporting the twice-weekly shopping bus service (timetable)
h) mowing certain areas of grass and Rights of Way - Village Green, Church Green, Friston Pond, the Greensward, the Recreation Ground, and strimming some 10 footpaths in the village
i) arranging the Annual Village Meeting
j) aiming at good value for money for that portion of the council tax we receive.
The Council aims to act in a responsible, ethical, democratic and transparent manner. Its meetings are held at 6.30pm in the Village Hall on the first Thursday in each month (not September). So why not come along and let us hear your views?