Arlington Parish Council covers the villages of Arlington and Upper Dicker. They meet once a month (usually the third Thursday in the month) at 7.30pm at either Upper Dicker Village Hall or Arlington Village Hall.
Click here to view/download the Parish Council Annual Reports and Meetings documents. We would draw residents’ attention to the fact that the amount paid to the Parish Council through our Council Tax has increased by at least 44% during 2016 – and by as much as 60% – depending on which tax Band you are in. This is to cover the shortfall due to Bede’s withdrawal of funding for the maintenance of items like the village green, allotments and Recreation Green. However, Arlington Village residents should note that these costs are relevant only to Upper Dicker!
For the convenience of Arlington village residents, we shall be publishing the Parish Council’s Agenda and Minutes of every meeting on this page every month.
Your Councillors and their responsibilities
Left to right (back):
Cllr John Parsons (Strengthening Local Relationships (SLR); Arlington Parish Plan Action Group; Police Liaison; Planning – Upper Dicker; Highways).
Cllr Helen Wheeler (Arlington Notices; Planning – Arlington; Rights of Way – Arlington) – now resigned.
Cllr Ray Collins : Vice-Chairman (Newsletter; Emergency Officer; Arlington Parish Plan Action Group (APPAG); verification of bank reconciliations; Highways).
Cllr Jo Robinson-Sivyer (Leisure and Recreation Advisory Committee (LARAC); Tree Warden; Hailsham Neighbourhood Plan).
Cllr Vicky Radtke: Leisure and Recreation Advisory Committee (LARAC); Public Transport.
Front: Alison Stevens (Parish Clerk). Telephone contact: 01323 460007 or 07501676569.
Cllr Mike Garner (Chairman): Finance Representative; Wealden District Association of Local Councils Representative (WDALC); Police Liaison; Flood Forum; Strengthening Local Relationships (SLR); Leisure and Recreation Advisory Committee (LARAC – ex officio); East Sussex Association of Local Councils (ESALC) Representative.
Not pictured: Cllr Helen Proctor (Strengthening Local Relationships (SLR); Leisure and Recreation Advisory Committee (LARAC) Chair; Rights of Way – Upper Dicker; Dicker Notices.
Parish Council website
What is a Parish Council and what are its duties?
A parish council is a civil local authority found in England and is the lowest, or first, tier of local government (the others are District/Boroughs, County and Central Government). Parish Councils were created in 1894 when they became civil parishes and broke away from the church. They are elected corporate bodies, have variable tax raising powers, and are responsible for areas known as civil parishes, serving in total 16 million people.
Parish council responsibilities
Parish councils have a variety of powers and duties, all of which impact directly on the community.
The following are all under the remit of local councils, though of course these do not all apply to Arlington Parish:(source: www.localgov.co.uk/Parish-council-responsibilities)
- Burial Grounds, Cemeteries, Churchyards and Crematoria
- Bus Shelters
- Bye-laws – the power to make bye-laws concerning baths and washhouses (swimming pools), cycle parks, mortuaries and pleasure grounds
- Clocks – public clocks can be provided and must be maintained
- Community Centres, Conference Centres, Halls, Public Buildings
- Drainage – of ditches and ponds
- Entertainment and the Arts
- General Spending – parish councils can spend a limited amount of money on anything they deem of benefit to the community that is not covered by the other specific responsibilities described in this list
- Gifts – parish councils may accept gifts
- Highways – lighting, parking places, right to enter into discussions about new roads and road widening, consent of parish council required for diversion or discontinuation of highway, traffic signs and other notices, tree planting and verge maintenance
- Land – acquisition and sale of
- Legal proceedings – power to prosecute and defend any legal proceedings in the interests of the community, power to take part in any public enquiry
- Litter – provision of litter-bins and support for any anti-litter campaigns
- Planning – parish councils must be notified of, and display for residents, any planning applications for the area. Any comments submitted to the planning authority by the parish council must be taken into account
- Postal and Telecommunication Facilities – power to pay a public telecommunications operator any loss sustained in providing services in that area
- Public conveniences – provision and maintenance of public toilets
- Recreation – provision of recreation grounds, public walkways, pleasure grounds, open spaces, village greens, gymnasiums, playing fields, holiday camps and boating ponds
- Rights of Way – footpath and bridleway maintenance
- Seats (public)
Signs – danger signs, place names and bus stops signs
- Tourism – financial contributions to any local tourist organisations allowed
- Traffic Calming
- War Memorials
- Water Supply – power to utilise stream, well or spring water and to providefacilities for general use