Join the Parish Council

Funtington Parish Council currently has 7 councillors (elected and co-opted) but also has some vacancies. Whilst elections are held every four years - the last one being held in May 2018 - councillors may be co-opted at any point outside of that time frame and. If you would like to apply, we'd love to hear from you. 

Co-option to fill vacancies
If you would like to apply please contact the Parish Clerk for more information. Applicants will be asked to give a short presentation to the Council at its monthly meeting, as to why they would like to become a councillor along with a brief summary of their skills and experiences. A vote is then carried out at the meeting and, if successful, the applicant will be invited to join the Parish Council.

Make a change: Become a Parish Councillor
The Parish Council's vision for Funtington is for it to be a desirable, thriving, clean and attractive place to visit and in which to live and work. To do this effectively, the Council needs more people from a variety of backgrounds, skills and experiences to make that vision a reality.
Are you looking for a new challenge? Do you want to make a positive difference? Would you like to influence decisions that affect your community? Then come and join us and be a Parish councillor.

The Parish Council's responsibilities
The Parish Council is a democratic apolitical body accountable to the local community. It's work is wide and varied. To name but a few it:

  • is a statutory consultee on local planning applications; 
  • is developing a Business Plan which sets out the Parish Council's vision for the parish, its purpose, values, objectives and key priorities for the next three years;
  • has three major land assets in West Ashling for which it cares - the village green, the playground, the Parish Meadow - with the latter being rented out at a pepper corn rent;
  • manages the Speed Indicator Devices to help control traffic speed and improve safety through the Parish; and
  • upports, through donations, various initiatives including Victim Support, Samaritans, Funtington Primary School, Good Neighbours and the Church

What being a parish councillor entails
Parish councillors are community leaders who represent the interests of the community and are involved in decision-making, monitoring and getting involved locally. As a councillor representing your community, you will help keep it a great place to live and work. You will be supported in your role and will be expected to undertake training sessions held by Sussex Association of Local Councils. You should be comfortable working electronically, have a positive outlook, a can-do attitude, and be willing to work as part of a team.

The Parish Council meets in the evening on the first Wednesday of every month except August. There are also three committees (Communication, Planning and Finance) which meet regularly and report into the full council on their respective areas of responsibility and how that may affect the Parish. Councillors are invited to join a committee if they are interested in a particular area of work, but they are not required to do so.

If you would like to do more for Funtington and have some time to spare, please do consider becoming a parish councillor. It is a rewarding experience which will involve you to work with a team of dedicated volunteers on a range or projects and initiatives. Training from the  

Non-councillor member of a committee
If you do not want to become a councillor but would like to support the work of the Parish Council, there is the opportunity to join (except the Finance Committee) on an advisory basis as a non-councillor member. You would be able to take part in discussions, advise and help with any actions resulting from the meeting but you would not be able to take part in a vote.

Further information
Please contact the Parish Clerk if you would like to discuss the role of parish councillor or would like to talk to a councillor about their work.