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The Parish Council is aware that these are difficult times for many and have therefore made changes to the following in order to protect both staff and residents wherever possible.

In accordance with The Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panel (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020, Withyham Parish Council will be holding Council and Planning meetings by remote access for the foreseeable future.

Details of how members of the public can view and/or contribute to meetings are contained on the agendas which can be found on our website. For members of the public wishing to view meetings they will live streamed on YouTube via our channel https://bit.ly/2xwnVls. For members of the public wishing to address the Council, they should email their question/comment and a telephone number to the Clerk clerk@withyhamparishcouncil.org.uk by the morning of the meeting.

We have closed the office at The Old Station Groombridge until further notice. Staff will continue to work where possible.

Playgrounds within the Parish have also been closed in line with the Prime Minister's statement of the 23rd March untill further notice.

Covid-19: Coordinated support for the parish

The Parish Council is working closely with various groups and organisations to support those in need across the parish. We are working with volunteers in our 4 main settlements of Blackham, Groombridge, St John's Crowborough and Withyham. If you have not already heard from them and need assistance because you are isolating, please contact us and we will connect you. 

Get coronavirus support

If you are considered as clinically extremely vulnerable and do not have a support network of family and friends to help you get essential supplies, you can register for support from the government call 0800 028 8327 or online https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable.

If you, or someone you know, is vulnerable but not within the clinical group above and does not have a support network of family and friends to help -
Wealden District Council has set up a Covid-19 Community Hub for vulnerable people who need support to allow them to stay at home. Please register by calling 01323 443322  or registering online https://www.wealden.gov.uk/news-and-events/coronavirus-covid-19-latest/community-support.

Wealden has produced a helpful guide outlining a range of issues people may be encountering and how to obtain assistance which can be found here.  

If you need help and are unsure who to speak to, Withyham Parish Council is here to help.

If you are unable to access the above support or are concerned, or wish to speak with us on any other matter, please do call the Parish Council on 01892 864557 Monday 12-3, Tuesday and Wednesday 9.30-12 and Thursday 9.30-2, or email clerk@withyhamparishcouncil.org.uk.

Please do contact parish office in first instance however designated lead councillors are available outside these hours:

Blackham – Cllr Robin Ashby: 01892 740309
Groombridge – Cllr Paul Watkins: 01892 864126
St Johns area – Cllr Marcus Tarling: 01892 668553
Withyham – Cllr Keith Obbard: 01892 863658

Please ensure that you are following the current rules set out by the government – see https://bit.ly/2QwVhHc for more information.

Find information about Coronavirus guidelines and support in the government leaflet here

For updates from Wealden District Council about its services at this time please go to their website https://www.wealden.gov.uk/news-and-events/coronavirus-covid-19-latest/

For more upto date information from the Parish Council please follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WithyhamParishCouncil/ 

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If you wish to get in touch with us please email clerk@withyhamparishcouncil.org.uk or call 01892 864557. Details of how information you provide will be used under data protection regulations, including our Privacy Policy, can be found on our 'Contact the Council' page.

The Audited accounts for Withyham Parish Council for the year ended 31 March 2019 are now available for inspection. Please click here for the notice of conclusion of audit and inspection, here for sections 1 and 2 and here for section 3 (auditors report) of the Annual Governance and Accountability Return 2018/19, or contact the parish office for a copy.

Please click here for our latest Newsletter.

Welcome to the Website of Withyham Parish Council

Welcome to Withyham Parish Council’s website. Withyham Parish has approximately 3000 residents and falls under the local government of Wealden District Council which, in turn, comes under East Sussex County Council. The Parish is divided into 3 electoral wards: Groombridge (New), St John’s and Withyham/Blackham. The latter is the largest area, though the least populated; the key densities of population being Groombridge and St John’s.

The Council is made up of thirteen Councillors who help administer the affairs of the Parish, with a part time clerk and assistant clerk. They meet every second Monday of the month as a full Council and additionally as members of various committees and sub-committees covering such matters as planning, finance and Rights of way. Members of the public are welcome at these meetings and the minutes are posted on the Parish Council website. We also display information on our noticeboards which are at St John's Church, Cooks Corner London Road, The Dorset Arms Withyham, the junction of Balls Green and Station Road, Blackham Village Hall, Teasley Mead Blackham and Groombridge Post Office.

The Parish Council is funded by a precept, the amount householders of the Parish pay as part of the Council Tax, in order to maintain facilities and to respond to the needs of the community. For information about the Parish Council's priorities for the five years 2016-2021, please see our parish plan 'Forward for 5', and read more about how it was developed here.

The Clerk of the Parish Council can be contacted on 01892 864557 or clerk@withyhamparishcouncil.org.uk.


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