Chiddingly Parish Council


Mission Statement


The Council will work to ensure the provision of high quality services in our community through the application of good governance, accountability and transparency to improve the quality of life of its residents.



  • The Parish Council will provide the opportunity for consultation on planning applications, within the time frames permitted.
  • The Parish Council will maintain and endeavor to improve the general civic amenities enjoyed by the Parish residents, and within the powers of the Parish Council.
  • The Parish Council will liaise with East Sussex County Council highways department to ensure roads, footpaths and bridleways are maintained to a high and safe standard within the Parish.
  • The Parish Council will apply good financial management and control of the precept (budget) by following correct budgeting and reporting procedures as laid down by statute.


Parish Council meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month (with the exception of August) at 7.30pm in Chiddingly Village Hall. Planning Committee meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month.


The agenda for both the parish council and planning committee meetings are published on the website, with at least three working days notice of the meeting.


Parishioners are welcome to attend the meetings, and before each meeting formally convenes they may ask questions and/or make a statement.


Agendas and Minutes are available by email. Please contact the clerk to be added to the mailing list.


Mailing Lists

The Parish Council operates three mailing lists:


The Village Events List for notices of social events are planned for the village.

The Neighbourhood Watch List.

The Parish Notice Board for council notices from us, Wealden District and East Sussex County Council including Parish Council Agendas and Minutes.


All new notices relevant to the Covid-19 Lockdown go out on the Parish Notice Board List.


Please contact the clerk to be added to any or all of the mailing lists.


Photography credits

The parish council would like to thank the following people for kindly sharing their photos on our website.


Lucy Carnaghan, Jane Brymer, Rosie Dadswell, Max Higgs, Martin Surgey, Caroline Surgey, Steve Tolhurst, Ruth Rance, Rachael Smith, Mike Goss, Steve Newham.

Latest News


Latest update from Sussex Health & Care
19th January 2021



Please click on the attached document to see the latest update from Sussex Health & Care


Community Hub update WDC 08.01.2021
12th January 2021



Please see the latest update from Wealden District Council below, including details of the vaccination programme.











We continue to receive customers calling in relation to the Community Hub which has recently increased again following the new national lockdown announced 4th January. Please visit our website for much more information about the support and guidance we can provide


Town and Parish Councils remain a key part of the infrastructure in ensuring we can respond to demand from some of the most vulnerable members of society. More information about current infection rates can be found here


The new national restrictions

You must only leave your house for a few specific reasons (to exercise, shop for food, get essential medical help, if you absolutely cannot work at home or if your safety is threatened).

Schools in East Sussex are closed and move teaching online until at least February half-term (although some are open for children who are vulnerable or whose parents/carers are key workers. Nurseries can also remain open).




Shielding guidance is now in place for clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) people across the country. Those in the CEV group should not attend work, school, college or university, and limit the time they spend outside the home. They should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential.

People in the CEV group can once again register on NSSS for priority supermarket deliveries, and request free pharmacy deliveries, whilst shielding guidance is in place.

East Sussex County Council will again be contacting CEV people in Wealden and throughout East Sussex by phone, letter and email during the new national lockdown to ensure they have the support they need. They aim to have contacted all identified CEV residents we have details for within the next few weeks.


Vaccine queries


The COVID-19 vaccine rollout is underway. Vaccinations have started at GP-led vaccination services in the county and hospital hubs, and further services will be going live over the coming weeks. Priority is being given to the most vulnerable members of our communities, those in care homes, people over the age of 80 and those working in health and social care. The roll out will then continue to the rest of the population in order of age and risk. You don't need to do anything; the NHS will contact you when it's your turn for the vaccine.


The latest information on the vaccination programme in Sussex is available on the Sussex Health and Care Partnership website, including an FAQ, public leaflets and a list of vaccination sites.


WDC's community Hub supported a few customers over the Christmas period, primarily enquiring about food delivery slots, all of which were responded to swiftly and provided the information they needed.


Lastly, our colleagues at NHS Volunteer Responders have asked to reach out to all our colleagues to emphasise the need for more volunteers. The scheme remains open to registration for volunteers in Eastbourne Hastings, Rother, and Wealden.


I hope this information is of assistance and please note that these emails are an interpretation of government guidelines which can be accessed via


Thank you for your help and continued support.






Reporting problems to East Sussex Highways
8th January 2021


Please report all roadway problems including potholes, drainage and signage to East Sussex Highways.


Please click the link which allows you to easily report local problems.


Community Hub update from Wealden District Council
21st December 2020


Please see the latest news from Wealden regarding the Coronavirus including the vaccination programme and mobile testing units.



Dear Town and Parish Colleagues,


We continue to receive customers calling in relation to the Community Hub which has now quietened. Town and Parish Councils remain a key part of the infrastructure in ensuring we can respond to demand from some of the most vulnerable members of society. More information about current infection rates can be found here


- Wealden remains classed as at 'high risk' from COVID (Tier 2). The assessment puts us in the middle of three tiers of alert and recognises that virus rates have been rising here, although still lower than in many parts of England. The high alert tier:

- Mobile testing units are to return to Crowborough Rugby Club on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th December and again at Crowborough Golf Club on 5th, 6th and 7th January. Booking is advised through the national testing portal

- COVID-19 vaccinations get underway in Sussex - The NHS in Sussex has begun vaccinating people against COVID-19. You can read more about the plans to deliver the vaccine on the Sussex Health and Care Partnership website here

The NHS will let residents know when it's their turn to have the vaccine. People should not contact the NHS for a vaccination before then.

- Advice from Public Health in East Sussex on Christmas Bubbles - The rules on Christmas bubbles and advice for residents on how to take extra care if they do decide to form a Christmas bubble is available on the Your East Sussex website here;

- WDC Hub support over Christmas - Our hub will close at 4.30pm on Wednesday 23rd December and reopen at 8.30am on Monday 4th January. Our website has lots of information to help and there will be out of hours emergency cover in place so residents can still get in contact using the usual contact details if necessary.

- Supermarket deliveries and priority slots - Demand for food deliveries in the run up to Christmas may make it harder for Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) people and other vulnerable people to continue to access delivery slots in the same way. The seven supermarkets taking part in the priority scheme have already warned that there are very limited slots available before and during the Christmas week.

The advice for CEV people in tier 2 areas is to reduce the number of shopping trips they make and to consider going at quieter times of the day. If people are struggling to access delivery slots, they could try to book a click and collect service that could be picked up for them or ask family, friends or volunteers to go shopping on their behalf. If people don't have anyone who can help there is support available to access food from the community hub.



Please do continue to spread awareness that the Wealden Community Hub is able to obtain priority delivery slots and give advice on access to food if residents are struggling. I hope this information is of assistance and please note that these emails are an interpretation of government guidelines which can be accessed via


Thank you for your help and continued support this year.


Many thanks,


David Plank | Head of Customer & Digital Services

Wealden District Council


Council Offices | Vicarage Lane | Hailsham | East Sussex | BN27 2AX



East Sussex County Council Coronavirus update
17th December 2020


Please click here to see the latest updates from ESCC regarding Coronavirus and the roll out of the vaccination programme across Sussex


ESCC coronavirus update following tier changes
17th December 2020


Please click here to read the latest information regarding the changes to tier levels in the county.


Wealden District Council Parish Bulletin
15th December 2020



Please see the latest Parish bulletin from WDC.

Click here to also view the document.


CIL Parish Council spending for financial year 2019/2020
4th December 2020



Under the CIL Regulations there is a requirement for each Town and Parish Council to publish a report on their CIL income and expenditure for the previous financial year by the 31st December annually. This mirrors the legislative requirements that Wealden District Council must also adhere to as the Charging Authority.


The attached form includes reporting on expenditure that was incurred between the 1st April 2019 and the 31st March 2020 for Chiddingly Parish Council, from previous CIL funds received.


Hailsham Mobile Testing Unit (MTU)
27th November 2020


Please find attached confirmation that a temporary mobile testing facility will be at Vicarage Lane car park, Hailsham as part of the drive to increase access to coronavirus testing for our communities.


The mobile unit will be on site Tuesday 1st, Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd December, appointments slots will be available to book from 6pm on Monday 30 November. Visitors to the facility must have pre-booked an appointment.


For further information click here and the site map here



Wealden Local Plan - consultation
24th November 2020


Publication of the Local Plan - Direction of Travel Consultation Document


The Council is preparing a new local plan for Wealden District. The Local Plan will provide policies to shape our places, plan and manage growth in the district and guide development over a 15-20 year period. The Local Plan will ultimately be the key planning document against which we assess and make decisions on planning applications.


This Direction of Travel consultation is the first stage in our engagement process and (in accordance with Regulation 18 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Development) (England) Regulations 2012) we are inviting residents, businesses and stakeholders to take part in the consultation.


Within the consultation document we have identified a number of key planning themes that we know we will need to address in our local plan. These themes include climate change, infrastructure, housing, the economy and employment, town centres, tourism, the natural environment, landscape, heritage and cultural assets, design and health and wellbeing. Under each of these themes we have identified what we think are the key challenges, opportunities and critical planning issues for our district, and how these could be included in a new local plan. We also set out some broad growth options for consideration as well.


We are very keen to hear your views at this early consultation stage so that we can understand what is important to our communities including residents, businesses, voluntary organisations, Town and Parish Councils, as well as our partner organisations and stakeholders. Throughout our consultation document we ask a series of questions as well as provide an opportunity for you to tell us what you think on each planning theme. All of the responses we receive will be considered and we will use these along with national policy, legislation and guidance to help shape our Local Plan.


The consultation will be open for an eight week period between 09.00am on Monday 23rd November 2020 and midnight on Monday 18th January 2021.


Where can I find out more?


All of the documents relating to the consultation can be found on the Council's website at


How to make your comments


You can comment on the documents online using our consultation system, which can be found on the Council's website at, or by using the web address


If you are unable to access our consultation portal then you can email us at or write to us at Planning Policy, Wealden District Council, Vicarage Lane, Hailsham, BN27 2AX. Please ensure that you clearly identify which consultation question(s) you are answering.


Before submitting your comments we would encourage you to read our 'Guidance Notes for Respondents'.


Data Protection Act 2018 and Freedom of Information Act 2000


Please be aware that any comments you submit cannot be treated in confidence as Regulation 30 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Development) (England) Regulations 2004, as amended, requires copies of all representations to be made publicly available. The Council will publish names and representations on its website, but will not publish personal information, such as telephone numbers, emails or private addresses. By submitting a representation you are accordingly confirming that you agree to this and accept responsibility for your comments.


Please telephone 01892 602008 or email if you require assistance in submitting your representation or if further information is required. If you, or somebody you know, would like the information (guidance notes, forms etc.) in large print, Braille, tape or in another language please let us know.



Christmas Trees - Golden Cross Antiques
20th November 2020



Please see the attached poster for further details -


The freshly cut trees will arrive on Saturday the 12th

December, for collection that morning only, from

Golden Cross Antiques car park




Christmas waste/recycling collections
11th November 2020



You may be aware that Wealden District Council are not sending out Waste and Recycling Collection Calendars to residents again this year nor will they be producing bin hangers with the Christmas Collection dates on. Please see the attached flyer with the revised collection dates for the festive period.


Change in planning notifications from Wealden District Council
5th November 2020


Please see details of the changes being made by Wealden District Council


The methods that the Council use to publicise applications considered to be valid on or after 1st November 2020 is changing.


From this date, the Council will no longer notify adjoining properties by letter. This change is following the adoption of the Statement of Community Involvement (SCI), which was adopted on 22nd July 2020 at Full Council.


There is to be reliance on Site Notices together with the website and social media. Where required by legislation, adverts will continue to be placed in the local newspaper


This change will not affect how the Council notify statutory bodies such as Town and Parish Councils.


For more details please visit:




Coronavirus and East Sussex update
30th March 2020


The latest information on help and support available locally can be found here


Chiddingly Covid19 Volunteering Scheme
21st March 2020


While individuals and families are on self-isolation they may need assistance from those who are not.





Chiddingly Parish Council is setting up a scheme to put volunteers in touch with those who need assistance.


Volunteers who are willing and able should email their details, name and email address, to


People who need assistance should email their details, name, address, email address (if they have one), and phone number to and indicate how they would prefer to be contacted, by email or phone.


Mike Goss, who is running the scheme on behalf of the Parish Council, will send regular bulletins with brief details (such as "Someone in Muddles Green needs medicine collected from Hailsham") to the volunteers by email. When a volunteer responds they will be given full details and asked to make contact.


In this way the name and details of those requesting help will only ever be known to the volunteer helping and Mike Goss.


Please be aware that many of those most in need of help may not see this or other announcements, so please talk to your friends and neighbours and be prepared to send messages to on their behalf.


A Facebook Group is also being set up. Details to follow.




Wealden District Councillors
12th June 2019



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How to contact Wealden Citizen Advice Bureau



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