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The Council

The Parish Council is the tier of local government closest to the people. As the 14 elected councillors, we are responsible for spending public money lawfully and without risk, and for achieving the best value for money and representing the views of the local community.

The Parish Council is responsible for the community centre, jubilee field, toddler play park and the Spinney and willow pond in North Bersted Street.

We monitor all planning applications in the Parish and, using our local knowledge, we advise Arun District Council of the action we believe they should take.

Communications to the Council

All correspondence to the Council is reported at meetings and will become public knowledge.  Please mark correspondence 'confidential' if you wish it to remain private.


‘We treat everyone with courtesy and respect and ask for the same in return. We ask that you treat your councillors and council staff courteously without violence, abuse or harassment.

Councillors and council staff have the right to carry out their civic duties and work without fear of being attacked or abused. Any behaviour whether that be verbal, physical or in writing, which causes either councillors or council staff to feel uncomfortable, embarrassed, or threatened, is totally unacceptable.

The zero tolerance policy includes abuse, aggression or threats made in person, over the telephone or in written communication, including on social media.

The council considers threatening behaviour to be: Attempted or actual aggressive, or physical actions made towards any councillor or member of staff. The use of aggressive, or abusive language, (including raising of the voice, swearing, shouting or in writing) which threatens or intimidates councillors or council staff’.

This policy applies throughout all council meetings, but it also applies to any councillor or council staff away from council meetings and these principles are reiterated in the Councils Code of Conduct.