Parish Council Elections – 4th May 2023

The Parish Council Elections are due to take place on 4th May 2023.

Five reasons to join the Parish Council 

First Level of democracy protecting, maintaining and caring for the parish for us and future generations

Have your say for the village, your opinion matters – represent other resident

  • 5 Councillors  & the Parish Clerk (employee)
  • Meet on the 4th Monday of most months
  • Additional meetings as required

Make financial decisions the Parish Council is funded by your County Tax collected by Chichester District Council – help make spending decisions

Look after the Parish’s property contribute in the decision process of maintaining the village assets;  bus shelters, traditional finger post signs and the airman

Represent the Parish 

  • Comment on planning applications
  • Inform the Neighbourhood Plan process
  • Respond to important consultations
  • Consult local residents on local matters
  • Communicate decisions to the parish

Come along to a meeting and see what’s involved

For further information contact Louise Chater, Parish Clerk, on 01243 203040 or email

The Publication of  Notice of Election has been published, if you would like to receive a nomination pack, please email me.

West Sussex Association of Local Councils have produced a video on being a councillor which you may find interesting.

Environmental Information Reporting Form

The Parish Council are trying to build a database of environmental issues that affect the parish.  We hope that this evidence will help us build a comprehensive picture of the current vulnerabilities in the parish and help us to more effectively lobby the relevant statutory organisations for improvement and change.

If you have any photographic evidence please can you submit it via email

The Parish Council covers the communities of Earnley, Almodington, Batchmere and Somerley.  The Parish has just over 400 registered electors and is situated about six miles south of Chichester on the coast of Sussex.

The Parish Council exists to serve the community from which it is elected.  Whilst the Council has limited powers, the Council is able to influence decisions that affect YOU.  The Council is there to represent the Parish on matters such as planning, highways and drainage.  The Parish Council welcomes the views of the Parishioners at any time and particularly at Parish Council Meetings.