Parish Councils are the local government tier closest to the people and as such the most important role that a Parish Council can perform is that of representing the local residents of the Parish.
If you are interested in becoming a Councillor, please contact The Clerk for an informal chat on 01903 877225.
Below are just some of the services that are undertaken by Findon Parish Council:
As Findon is situated wholly within the South Downs National Park all planning related matters (such as establishing whether planning permission is required, pre-application advice, making full or outline applications, appeals, and planning compliance issues) in Findon will be dealt with by the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA).
Findon Parish Council is a statutory consultee for planning applications and other planning matters. The SDNPA, as the planning authority, is the decision making body for planning applications.
The dates for scheduled Planning Committee meetings are displayed in the Parish Council Notice Boards and published on this web site. Agendas (printed in green) are placed in the Parish Council Notice Boards 3 clear working days before a scheduled Committee meeting and include details of the applications to be considered. Members of the public are welcome to attend and participate in the Public Question Time to speak on an item on the Agenda.
Following consideration by the Planning Committee, a response from the Parish Council will be submitted to the SDNPA.
Planning applications documentation can be viewed online via the SDNPA Public Access system by using the following link (just enter the application ref no, if known, or the location address in the ‘search box’) http://planningpublicaccess.southdowns.gov.uk/online-applications/ . If you have any comments to make regarding any application under consideration you are advised to put them in writing and send to the Planning Officer at the SDNPA or submit electronically via the Public Access system by the deadline date on the Notice.
The Parish Council has a duty to provide Allotment Gardens. Currently Findon has one allotment garden (situated by the cemetery) containing 14 plots which are used by parishioners. There is unfortunately a shortage of plots that means there is a waiting list. The Parish Council is continuously looking for available areas that could be utilised for allotment gardens. If you are interested in taking on a plot please provide the Clerk with your details and you will be added to the waiting list.
The Parish Council is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of Nepcote Green and Pond Green and works in conjunction with Arun District Council and West Sussex County Council (WSCC) Highways Rangers / Officers to ensure that all the 'open spaces' parks and public footpaths/bridleways within Findon remain accessible. In 2015, the Parish Council took over various grass cutting in the village that was previously carried out by WSCC, and councillors and volunteers are regularly seen clearing footpaths and overgrown vegetation in the village.
The Parish Council owns notice boards, benches, bus shelters, grit bins, 4 street lights and a range of other assets all of which it has the responsibility to maintain and repair. If you notice anything that requires attention (or would like to volunteer your time/services) then please notify the Clerk.
The Parish Council is consulted on relevant local and government issues. The Parish Council strives to provide a local perspective in response to all these consultations and where public opinion is directly requested, information can be found published in the Notice Boards, on the Parish Council web site and in the Findon Village News.