Buxted Parish Council

Buxted Parish Council came into being in 1894 when the present system of Parish Councils was instituted to give rural communities a voice. Buxted Parish covers some 7,000 acres with an electorate of about 2,500 out of a population of 3,200. It encompasses the villages of Buxted, High Hurstwood and Five Ash Down.

The parish is divided into two wards – Buxted/Five Ash Down (10 councillors) and High Hurstwood (5 councillors). Councils are elected for a term of 4 years. Council meetings are held on the second Tuesday in every month (except August), alternating between Buxted Reading Room, High Hurstwood Village Hall and Five Ash Down Village Hall, at 19.30. Meetings agendas are displayed one week in advance on the Parish notice boards in Buxted (on the Ionides Trust site), High Hurstwood (near The Hurstwood pub) and in Five Ash Down (outside the Village Hall) and on the website. The agenda includes a list of any planning applications received from Wealden District Council for consultation. All meetings of the Council and its committees are open to the public, who are welcome to ask questions or raise issues with the Council before the meetings formally begin.

An early requirement was to provide allotments, which we do. Councils can also support arts and crafts; contribute to maintenance of churchyards; protect commons, provide buildings for public meetings, functions and entertainment, maintain public footpaths and bridleways (jointly with ESCC), provide footway lighting (we don’t), provide and maintain public open spaces, and comment on planning applications.

We also take an active interest in highways matters, policy and our environment (e.g. trees and hedgerows). More and more we have to comment on government policies for local government and voice our electors’ concerns.

Parish assets include Buxted Reading Room, two recreation grounds (Buxted and High Hurstwood), two allotment areas in Buxted (recently re-generated) and High Hurstwood, children’s play areas in Buxted and High Hurstwood, and two bus shelters. The budget is set annually over the period October to December. Planned expenditure less income forms the ‘Parish Precept’ which is levied as part of annual Council Tax. Apart from meeting general running expenses of the council – specifically employing our Parish Clerk – the council makes grants to local organisations and contributes to local projects e.g. Buxted Traffic calming.

The Parish Council recognises the burden of Council Tax but is also conscious of local needs for improvements in the Parish that increasingly are not being covered by either County or District as they seek to keep within national government budgets. Before increasing Precept to cover costs of local improvements such as the recent traffic calming, the Parish Council ensures that such improvements are what our electorate want and are prepared to pay for.

Councillors sit on various committees (e.g. Finance, Planning, Communications) and outside bodies (e.g. Ionides Trust, Buxted Community Hall Trust). Each keeps an eye on different parts of the Parish, e.g. for planning purposes and trees.

Our Parish Clerks, Beccy Macklen & Claudine Feltham (01435 515219) clerk@buxted-pc.gov.uk, who act as the Council’s ‘proper officers’ on the Council’s behalf and under its direction. 

21 May 2024

Planning Committee

St Mary's Church Hall, Church Road, Buxted Tuesday View Details
21 May 2024

Parish Council Meeting

St Mary's Church Hall, Church Road, Buxted Tuesday 0:00 am View Details

Latest Parish News

Buxted Annual Assembly 2024

Buxted Primary School


April 2024
Buxted Annual Assembly 2024

The Wealden Local Plan has been published and the consultation has started. This runs from 5pm on Friday 15th March 2024 to 5pm on Friday 10th May 2024 and sets out the vision for development and associated environment and infrastructure up until 2040.

Development has been allocated in Buxted and Ringles Cross/Five Ash Down and we would need your views so the Parish Council can provide feedback to Wealden and our local WDC Councillor.

Please come along to the Annual Assembly to look at the allocated sites and tell us what you think.

Wealden Community Infrastructure and Spaces Fund 2024 - now open


April 2024
Wealden Community Infrastructure and Spaces Fund 2024 - now open

Wealden Community Infrastructure and Spaces Fund – is now open for applications!

Wealden District Council are pleased to announce that the Community Infrastructure and Spaces capital grants programme in now open to apply

This new funding programme has been made available through the Government Rural England Prosperity Fund. The England-wide fund is a new £110million, two-year capital fund from DEFRA complementary to the UK Shared Prosperity Fund run by the Department of Levelling Up Housing and Communities. It is a top up for eligible authorities, such as Wealden District Council, which have already submitted an investment plan for UKSPF, to address the extra needs of rural areas.

The programme is a capital only fund, which means applicants must spend the grants on assets such as equipment and features which help to create or improve spaces/ facilities or infrastructure where the benefits last more than 12 months.

Wealden District Council has allocated £121,259.90 towards the Community Infrastructure and Spaces Grants Programme and are asking Town and Parish Councils and not for profit organisations to apply for between £1,000 and £20,000 for projects that benefit the residents of the Wealden District.

This will be a rolling programme and applications will be processed on a first come first served basis. The fund closes in Autumn 2024, or sooner if all funds are allocated.

See below table which details the level of match funding needed for each funding programme:

Grant Available

Match funding Required

Small Grants Programme

£1,000 – £5,000

50% combination of cash or in kind

Large Grants Programme

£5,001 – £20,000

50% cash only

Successful applications will be given a set period to spend their grant on a case-by-case basis. Final payments will be defrayed once the project has been completed and evidence of spend submitted. All projects must be completed and money spent by end of January 2025.

What the capital grant can be used on:

For small grants programme only:

Green Spaces and Active Travel

Types of Areas

Examples of Projects

Recreation grounds, nature reserves, woodlands, country parks, village greens, nature reserves, public realms, walking routes, woodland routes, nature routes, cycling routes, community orchards.

Enhancements including seating, information boards, picnic benches, energy saving schemes, replace, new or additional facilities e.g. bike racks, landscaping including boardwalks.

Improving accessibility to green spaces and additional features.

New or extended footpaths, cycling routes and trails.

Community gardens

Creation of new or expansion of existing publicly accessed community gardens/allotments.

For small and large grants programme only:

Community Infrastructure

Types of Areas

Examples of Projects

Community spaces, village and community halls, community centres

Net zero infrastructure e.g. new heaters, heat pumps, PV panels, LED lighting, insulation improvements.

’Like for like’ improvements such as door and window replacements will not be considered, however additional assets or upgrading windows are eligible i.e. from single glazing to double glazing.

Improved accessibility into and within a building

Improvements to internal layouts of a building to support additional community activities e.g. room dividers

Owned car parks or land

EV charging points (open for public or community use)

If you interested in applying for this programme, please email a brief summary including the points below:

• A summary on what your project is,

• How much you want to apply for,

• Confirmation that match-funding is in place,

Please send through your expression of interest to communitygrants@wealden.gov.uk and WDC’s Economic Development and Wellbeing team will be in touch to confirm whether a full application can be submitted.

For the full guidance notes, application form and scoring sheet, please go to: https://www.wealden.gov.uk/information-for-businesses/economic-development-and-growth/rural-england-prosperity-fund/wealden-community-infrastructure-and-spaces-fund/

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