The Parish Council
The Parish Council came into being in 1894 when the Local Government Act 1894 introduced the current Parish Council system.
The Parish Council is a Statutory Body, with members elected every four years and is funded through the local Precept (Council Tax). The income and expenditure for the next financial year are calculated in the form of a draft budget. The net amount (the Precept) is then added to the Council Tax bill collected by Chichester District Council and paid to the Parish Council in two separate instalments. The Parish Council can apply for other funding such as grants and funding awards, but it does not receive funding direct from central Government as the County and District Councils do. There are currently nine members of the Council all of whom are volunteers.
The Parish Council is responsible for play equipment, grass cutting of parish owned land and public open space. In addition the Parish Council is Custodian Trustees of the Kirdford Recreation Ground and the Kirdford Village Hall, both of which are currently managed by Charitable Management Committees.
As the first tier of local government, the Parish Council can deliver a vast array of public services at a local level. Currently there is a three-tier system of local government within West Sussex :-
Kirdford Parish Council
Chichester District Council
South Downs National Park Authority
West Sussex County Council
The Parish Council has a large range of powers and therefore is actively engaged on behalf of its residents on a variety of different activities within the community.
What is a Parish Council?
Kirdford Parish Council is the first tier of local government for the Parish of Kirdford which includes Strood Green, Hawkhurst Court and the village of Kirdford.
What Does It Do?
The Council has statutory duties and powers to provide services for the Parish of Kirdford. Within these powers, the Council provide dog and litter bins, community facilities, and it owns and maintains many areas of public open space within the village on behalf of the community.
Who Does It Work With?
The Council works in partnership with:
Other tiers of Government including Chichester District Council, South Downs National Park Authority and West Sussex County Council.
Local community groups.
Leisure providers – Recreation Ground Committee and various sports clubs.
Local churches and youth organisations.
Third sector organisations, such as Action in Rural Sussex