District and Parish Elections 2nd May 2019


Burwash will have a new Parish Council from May 2. No elections will be needed because all 12 nominations were elected without a contest. An election would have been required if 14 people or more had stood as candidates for the 13-person council. Click here to see the full list of new councillors

Councillor induction and training and the signing of 'Declarations' will take place at 7 pm on the 7th May, 2019 in the Parish Room, Burwash. 

Burwash Parish Council's Annual General Meeting for the election of Chair and Vice-Chair will take place on Tuesday 14th  May 2019 in the Parish Room, Burwash. 

All change at Burwash Parish Council

Things have changed a lot in recent years.  With money tight at District and County Council levels, more assets and responsibilities are being passed down to us.  We are funded by the parish precept, which makes up part of your council tax. The precept – the money spent on local services and projects - is set by the Parish Council.

So - what have we achieved?

  • Set up a Neighbourhood Plan Group led by residents to develop the Burwash Neighbourhood Plan
  • Worked in collaboration with residents and with local groups to stop unsuitable developments in the parish and with Housing Association Optivo to achieve a suitable design for the site of Old Rectory Court
  • Developed a Traffic Strategy – the current key goal is to deliver a 20mph speed limit throughout the village High Street
  • Launched the Community Speed Watch group
  • Negotiating with Rother District Council to take over the village car park
  • Delivered local events including:
  • Beacon lighting for the Queen’s 90th Birthday
    • Battle’s Over activities commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armistice for World War One
    • Annual ‘Love Burwash’ events to clean up the parish
    • Burwash in Bloom celebrating local residents’ gardens
    • The Annual Assembly to consult with residents on key issues for the parish
  • Activities to improve and promote the Parish, including:
    • Partnership working with the National Trust at Bateman’s
    • New Rudyard Kipling brown direction and tourist signs for the village
    • A new ‘Burwash Map’ promoting historic buildings within the village
    • Commissioning a Burwash artist to make a locally-funded bronze Kipling statue
    • Maintained and delivered new/additional services and facilities for the parish including:A new grass verge and open spaces cutting/maintenance contract for the parish
    • The ‘Adopt a Lime Tree’ scheme giving residents the opportunity to care for one of our unique High Street trees. We also replace dead lime trees.
    • Setting up a new residents’ working group to manage Down Meadow in Burwash Common
    • New benches, fingerposts, dog bins, grit bins and pipes
    • The Internet Café is a successful community resource run by dedicated volunteers
    • The cleaning of the Burwash Village War Memorial and donation to the St Philips War Memorial
    • The installation of a new hand rail for the surgery
  • Every year Burwash Parish Council gives between £10,000 to £11,000 in grants to the churches, playing fields, Village Hall and local groups.
  • Developing ideas for a Community Hub
  • Maintained the Burwash Village website and developing a new site due to be launched shortly alongside a mobile app making local information readily available to residents
  • Working closer with the local school to support pupils by paying for a new ‘mud kitchen’, high-vis tabards and a ‘Road Safety’ magic show for all pupils.

There are more exciting projects for the next four years. Take a look at the rolling plan.  

Election Results from voting on 7 May 2015 are available at the Election Results Hub