Newick Village

About the Parish Council

Parish councils represent one of the tiers of local government.

A parish council has numerous powers and rights. For example it can provide playing fields, make byelaws, deal with the acquisition of land and influence the district and county councils and government agencies on issues and concerns affecting local residents. Parish Councils also have the right to be notified of planning applications by the planning authorities and comment on them, and can spend annually sums decided by its Councillors in accordance with local government legislation.

The l997 Local Government and Rating Bill contained new powers for parish councils in relation to crime prevention and community transport, and the more recent localism and planning legislation changes have allowed them to produce Neighbourhood Plans and thus have a strong influence on the future development of their parishes.

Newick Parish Council is composed of up to l l members (Councillors) who are elected for a term of four years. Parish Councillors are elected on the basis of their ability to serve the community, and not on party political grounds. The full council meets 11 times a year, and together with attendance at the Planning, Environment, Playing Fields and Finance and General Purposes Committees, most Councillors attend two or three meetings each month. The council reports on its activities to the public at the Annual Parish Meeting held each year in April. Finance for the council is obtained largely from the Council Tax and in 20l5/20l6 this will yield £54,400.

The Council is represented on the Newick Village Hall Management Committee, the Sports Pavilion Management Committee., and Lewes District Association of Local Councils. A range of training courses is made available to Councillors by Sussex and Surrey Association of Local Councils (SSALC) and the Parish Clerk and Councillors can also keep up to date by attending the annual conferences and networking events organised by East Sussex County Council, Lewes District Council and SSALC.


Meeting dates for the current Financial Year


Latest Parish News

14-03-2018 at 2:47 PM


East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre is a registered charity working in partnership with Adult Social Care to provide a no charge mobile information and advice service for Deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people living in East Sussex. The vehicle, which is funded by the Big Lottery, is equipped to offer demonstrations of assistive equipment and hearing screening tests (if time permits).
14-03-2018 at 3:00 PM


Christopher Hume is an Australian living in Newick, who owned a sheep farm outside Wagga Wagga for 30 years. He will reflect, with slides, on the genetics and breeding of the sheep themselves, the beauties of the country with its big skies and brilliant light, and the wonderful birds, wildlife and native trees and vegetation with which he shared the farm.
05-03-2018 at 4:04 PM

Girlguiding for ALL age groups

For Rainbows (5-7 ), Brownies (7-10), Guides (10 -14 ), Senior Section (14+). Rainbows and Brownies currently meet in Chailey & Newick, Guides and Senior Section meet in Chailey .Guiding at all these levels is very popular and all of our Units are thriving
02-03-2018 at 10:46 AM

Information from UK Power Networks on current weather situation

You may be aware that the current cold spell of icy winds and snow may bring ‘freezing rain’. Freezing rain is a very rare weather phenomenon and occurs when very cold rain freezes immediately on landing. Our electricity network is built to be resilient but extreme weather can damage overhead power lines, resulting in some customers losing their electricity supply.
08-02-2018 at 3:04 PM

Proposed Development of Land between Vernons Road and The Rough, Newick

Newick’s Neighbourhood Plan was adopted by Lewes District Council in July 2015, after being approved by over 89% of those who voted in the referendum earlier that year. Policy HO5 of the Neighbourhood Plan provides for the construction of a pair of semi-detached bungalows or houses, each with no more than three bedrooms, on the land owned by Newick Parish Council between Vernons Road and The Rough.
29-01-2018 at 12:06 PM

Food Fair and Festival June 2018

Saturday 23rd to Sunday 24th June.
30-11-2017 at 2:46 PM

Consultation on Lewes District Local Plan Part 2

Lewes District Council is preparing the ‘Lewes District Local Plan Part 2’ which, when adopted, will allocate specific sites for development and provide detailed development management policies. This document is needed to support and help deliver the strategic objectives and spatial strategy of the Lewes District Local Plan Part 1: Joint Core Strategy, adopted in 2016.
26-04-2017 at 3:16 PM

Mobile Library Schedule

PLEASE NOTE: East Sussex County Council is currently consulting on its draft Strategy East Sussex Libraries – The Way Forward. The draft Strategy sets out a proposal to withdraw the Mobile Library Service as part of wider proposals to provide a modern, sustainable library service for the future. Following the current public consultation, the County Council’s Cabinet is expected to consider an amended Strategy in March 2018. If any revisions to the Mobile Library schedule are necessary following this, we will issue an amended schedule.
17-11-2017 at 11:31 AM

New rules to tackle dog fouling and street drinking

New rules have come into force to tackle dog owners who don’t clean up after their pets and people who consume alcohol on the street in the Lewes district.
06-11-2017 at 11:02 AM

Appeal Court Hearing Postponement

Recent announcement of postponement of the hearing.
19-10-2017 at 9:27 AM

The way you recycle is changing

Lewes District Council is making it easier for all residents to recycle by introducing a single wheelie bin for the paper, cans, plastics, cardboard and glass that people currently sort into two plastic boxes and two bags.
11-08-2017 at 10:08 AM

Concerns over other possible development sites

Further to the circular delivered to all residents regarding the recent court case, the Parish Council is aware of concerns over other possible developments.
08-08-2017 at 3:29 PM

An Update on Development Issues in Newick, August 2017

At the start of 2017, Newick was in some turmoil over the Secretary of State’s (SoS) decision to allow outline planning permission for 50 dwellings to be built at Mitchelswood Farm for planning consultants David Lock Associates (DLA) and the owners of the land. This plot was not chosen by the residents of Newick for the Neighbourhood Plan (NP), in fact it was found to be the least suitable site.
30-06-2017 at 11:49 AM

Newick Hill Development – Affordable Housing

The Parish Council has been asked to make residents aware that there will shortly be twelve intermediate affordable homes available under a shared equity scheme.
20-03-2017 at 3:02 PM

Newick Hill Development – Play Area

Newick Parish Council, together with great support from Jim Sheppard, our District and County Councillor, has secured the Under 5’s Play Area that was under threat from developers on the Newick Hill site. You can view the plans here...’
31-01-2017 at 6:15 PM


Chailey School was inspected by Ofsted on the 10th January 2017. In their brief report, Ofsted commented on the good quality of education in the school, the progress pupils make and their exemplary behaviour.
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