Council InformationYour Parish Council
Slaugham Parish Council is one of the smaller local authorities (usually known as Parish Councils). There are thirteen seats, ten for the Handcross & Pease Pottage Ward and three for the Slaugham and Warninglid Ward. They are elected for four years. The next elections will be in 2019.
The Council raises a 'precept' on council tax payers to cover the running expenses. For the year 2016/17 the precept was £75,000. The Parish Council has more powers to do things for the benefit of the Parish than is generally realised. These powers can be seen on the Powers of Local Authorities page.
There are two allotment sites, the one in Handcross is owned by the Parish Council and the other in Warninglid is leased from the District Council.
In addition it owns land at the rear of West Park Road, Handcross and is also the owner of the recreation ground in Handcross (which has two excellent football pitches) and a Pavilion.
The Parish Council has two playgrounds, one at the Handcross Recreation ground providing play provision for toddlers and older children plus a half basketball court. There is also a Petanque Piste (Boules or French Bowls). The second playground is in the village of Slaugham.
The Parish Council is also responsible for the Common Land and Village Green in Slaugham and Pease Pottage.
In addition to these facilities the Parish Council also provides and maintains most of the street lighting in the Parish and makes provision for litter bins, public seats, notice boards and Bus shelters. The Parish Council also provides additional street cleaning facilities by the provision of litter pickers.
The Parish Council works closely with the Police and Neighbourhood watch to provide information to the residents and to take up any relevant problems with the police authorities.
The Parish Council has power to make comments on all planning applications within the four villages but the Mid Sussex District Council makes any final decision, taking into account the views of this Parish Council.
The Parish Council will work with larger councils 'District and County Council' to agree which services they will be in charge of. Parish Councils are also the focal point for local consultation on matters such as planning applications, strategic planning, schools and roads. On all these issues the parish councillors represent the parish's views to other authorities such as district and county councils.
These are responsible for services across the whole of a county or city, like education, transport, planning, fire and public safety, social care, libraries, waste management and trading standards etc.
District and borough councils cover a smaller area than county or city councils. They are usually responsible for services like rubbish collection and recycling, council tax collection,planning and housing etc.