Role of a Parish Council

The core role of a Parish Council is to listen to residents, and along with advice, represent the views of residents.

  1. Hawkhurst Parish Council is one ward, so all thirteen Councillors represent and speak on behalf of the whole Parish.
  2. Full Council meets on the 3rd Monday of every month, at Copt Hall, Copt Hall Avenue. Meetings commence at 7.45, unless otherwise stated.
  3. The Parish Council has the following Committees:
  4. Strategy, Administration and projects Committee
  5. Facilities and Services Committee
  6. Planning Committee
  7. Community and Sports Centre Committee
  8. The Council employs a Clerk, a part time Deputy Clerk, a Village Warden.
  9. They are based at the Parish Council offices in The Office at the Moor, The Moor. The office is normally open 10am – 12 noon Tuesdays to Fridays and the Clerk attends a Parish Surgery at Hawkhurst Library 9:30am – 11 am on Mondays and 10 – 12noon at KGV sports Pavilion on Thursdays
  10. The Village Warden opens and closes the sports pavilion toilets each day and tends to work 8 – 3 pm and part time at weekends.
  11. We clean Copt Hall and the King George V Sports Pavilion before groups use the the facilities.
  12. The Clerk is the Proper Officer of the Council and the Deputy Clerk is the Responsible Financial Officer. They share administration support to the Committees.
  13. The Council has set a precept of £232,475 for the year 2021/22.
  14. The Parish Council is responsible for the following amenity areas: Fowlers Wood, Ockley Allotments, Hensil Allotments, Hawkhurst Cemetery, King George V Playing Field, Multi Use Games Area and Heartenoak Playing Fields
    The Parish Council is responsible for the following facilities: Copt Hall, King George V Playing Field Sports pavilion, Victoria Hall – leased to the Kino
  15. The Council is responsible for some footway lighting in Hawkhurst, Village centre planters, hanging baskets and War Memorial
  16. The Council is a statutory consultee for all planning applications. The Council can also lobby the Borough and County Council when necessary.
  17. Hawkhurst has an adopted Neighbourhood Development Plan, the first in the Tunbridge Wells Borough Council area.
  18. The Parish Council is working with the community on a new community and sports centre for the village

Attached is a list of powers, which have been vested in the Parish Council.

The Council can only act within these powers.

The above information is designed to give residents a brief overview of the workings of the Council. It is by no means an exhaustive and further details and information can be obtained from the Clerk.