Parish Councils were first formed as a result of the Local Government Act in 1894. They are the lowest tier of local government with tax raising and spending powers.

Warbleton Parish Council covers a wide geographical area. As well as incorporating Bodle Street Green, Rushlake Green and Warbleton, the Parish also includes: Chapman’s Town, Three Cups Corner, part of Punnett’s Town and bordering Vines Cross.

The Parish is separated into 2 electoral wards with approximately 500 households and 1000 electors: Bodle Street Green (2 seats) and Warbleton (9 seats). Elections are held on a 4 yearly cycle, with the next election due in 2023. The elected representatives for Bodle Street Green are currently Pauline Velten and Steve Williamson, whilst Roy Iremonger was also co-opted to fill one of the vacant seats in the Parish Council.

The Parish Council meets 10 times a year, with further meetings for the 4 committees: Planning and Development, Environment, Community Infrastructure and Finance & General Purposes. All meetings are open to the public to attend and during the current restrictions meetings are held online via Zoom. Full details about the Council and its meetings can be obtained from the website:

Each year the Council sets a budget for the following financial year. The budget for 2021/22 has been agreed at £20,002. More details about how the budget will be spent and the activities of the Council will feature in future articles.

Did You Know?
The Parish Council is responsible for 4 defibrillators in the Parish. These can be found at the following locations:

  • White Horse Inn, Bodle Street Green
  • Osborne House, Rushlake Green
  • Telephone Box, Three Cups Corner
  • (formerly) Black Duck Pub, Warbleton

The Heathfield and Waldron First Responders undertake regular servicing and maintenance of the defibrillators. When we are able to resume more normal activities they will be undertaking a refresher session on how to use a defibrillator.

Cllr Steve Williamson
January 2021