The Parish Council is the first tier of local government and represents the communities of Hurstpierpoint, Sayers Common, Goddards Green and the surrounding countryside. We have a population of nearly 7,000 who are fortunate to live in an area of great beauty, with the benefits of ready access to Brighton and the coast and the South Downs, and with the centre of London only a 50 minute train ride.
Hurstpierpoint is the largest village and is home to a very wide range of clubs, societies and sports activities. Significant local events such as the St Lawrence Fair in June each year, and the Hurstpierpoint arts festival in September, are extremely popular and draw many visitors into our community. The village enjoys an excellent range of quality shops in the High Street, as well as a cinema, theatre, tennis and bowls clubs, and many organisations for all ages.
The Parish Council office is next to the Library in Trinity Road, Hurstpierpoint, and we are open to the public each weekday from 9.00am to 1.30pm. Alternatively you can call us on 01273 833264 or email email@example.com
We try to help on all matters of local interest, and if we cannot give the answer then we try to guide you to the right organisation.
Thank you for your interest in our community.
The Parish Council has a vacancy for a new Councillor in the Hurstpierpoint ward. Would you like to make a difference and be involved in shaping the future of your local community? The topics discussed at the evening meetings and the projects that you could get involved with are both varied and interesting.
For more information and an application form, please contact the office on 01273 833264 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org .
We will have an information session on Wed 8 February 2017, 7 - 8 pm, where you can talk to several Parish Councillors about their role and what the Council does. This will be held in the Village Centre building on Trinity Road, Hurstpierpoint.
There is an application form to fill in - the deadline for the office to receive your application form is noon on Monday 13 March 2017. If you are selected for interview, the interviews with the Council's Governance & Staff Panel will be held on the evening of Tues 21 March 2017. The Panel will then make recommendations to the Council at its meeting on the evening of Thurs 23 March 2017, following which the successful candidate will be immediately appointed.
Please note that this is a voluntary unpaid post. Candidates chosen would be co-opted onto the Council but they would have the same responsibilities and powers as elected members; they will be in post until May 2019.
The Co-operative Food shop launched its opening at the Hurst Community Charity Shop on Tuesday 20 December 2016. The opening hours are 8 am to 8 pm and there is a very good range of products.
Please note: This is a temporary move for the Co-op until their High Street store has been repaired from the recent fire. The Charity Shop is located at the Village Green off the Hurstpierpoint High Street (west side); the closest car park is Trinity Road Car Park.
The short-term section of Trinity Road carpark has increased its parking time allowed from 2 hours to 3 hours; the hours of operation have also increased and are now: Monday - Saturday from 8:00 am - 6:00 pm , excluding bank holidays. That means that showing your parking disc in the car, you can now park there for up to 3 hours, between 8 am - 6 pm. Discs are on sale for £1.00 at a number of locations in the village.
The Parish Council has now started to replace the 140 or so old streetlights around Hurstpierpoint and Sayers Common, with new LED versions. 'Heritage' style columns will be used in selected 'conservation' areas and slimline style in others.
Hurstpierpoint Food Bank collects non-perishable food, kindly donated by local people, and distributes it to people who are in financial crises and are hungry. Clients in need are normally given a Voucher for sufficient food for 3 days. A client can normally only receive 4 vouchers per year - help is to give someone breathing space in a crisis.
Vouchers are provided at a number of places including the Parish Council office, St Lawrence C of E Primary School, Hurstpierpoint Pre-School, Sussex Downs Children and Family Centre, and others. To receive your Food Bags, you can take the voucher to The Melting Pot Cafe at the Social Club, Willow Way, Hurstpierpoint, on Wednesdays from 9 am - 11.30 am.
To donate any non-perishable food items, there are a number of Dump Bins in Hurstpierpoint (Library, Village Centre building; Co-op when the shop is operating again on the High Street), and in Hassocks (Mama Ghanoushe Cafe on the High Street).
Hurstpierpoint Food Bank is a satellite of the Burgess Hill Community Food Bank. For more information, you can look at their website, www.burgesshillfoodbank.org.uk, or on Facebook - Hurstpierpoint Food Bank.
The Hurstpierpoint Historical & Geographical Society is having its next meeting on Friday 27 January 2017. Ian Gledhill will present The Gilbert and Sullivan Story, with music from most of their works. It will be at the Guide Hall, Trinity Road Car Park, Hurstpierpoint, at 8 pm. Admission is free to members; non-members are welcome (entrance fee is £3); members of other Historical Societies fee is £2.