Join the Parish Council


Funtington Parish Council currently has 9 councillors (elected and co-opted). Elections are held every 4 years, the last one being held in May 2023. Councillors may also be co-opted at any other time. If you are interested in applying, please read on for details.

Co-option to Fill Vacancies
After having reviewed the information on this website please contact the Parish Clerk. Applicants will be asked to give a  short presentation to the Council at its monthly meeting detailing why they would like to become a councillor along with a brief summary of their skills and experiences. A vote is then carried 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 Parish and the villages of Funtington, East Ashling, West Ashling and West Stoke, is for them to become 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 wide variety of backgrounds, skills and experiences.
Are you looking for a new challenge? Do you want to make a positive difference and influence decisions that affect your local community? Then come and join us!

The Parish Council's Responsibilities:
As a democratic, apolitical body, accountable to the local community, the Parish Council's work is wide and varied. For example...

  • it is a statutory consulted on local planning applications
  • it is developing an updated business plan which sets out the Parish Council's vision for the parish, its purpose, values, objectives and priorities for the next 3 years.
  • cares for 3 land assets in West Ashling - the Dell, the playground and the Parish Meadow
  • works with local volunteers and campaigns to promote safer driving and traffic speed control in the parish
  • supports local charitable organisations and groups through grants and donations
  • works with the local police force to reduce crime
  • informs, campaigns and liaises with WSCC, WSCC Highways and Public Rights of Way, Chichester District Council, the South Downs National Park to improve the local area and facilities for visitors and residents


What Being a Parish Councillor Entails
Parish Councillors are community leaders who represent the interests of the community and are involved with decision-making, monitoring and getting involved locally. As a parish 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 to stay informed and up-to-date. 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 every month in the evenings of the first Wednesday of the month, except August. Councillors are invited to join special interest committees or task-and-finish groups in particular areas of work but are not required to do so.

For further information, please contact the Parish Clerk on: