Firle Parish Council consists of five councillors elected by residents of the Parish every four years. The position is unpaid, although councillors are entitled to an allowance and reimbursement of expenses. The next scheduled Parish Council elections are May 2023.
I have a background in environmental pollution and came to live in Firle 17 years ago when I was working at the University of Sussex. I am an active member of several community organisations in the village which include managing the allotments, the church, and the village fete. I have also recently helped set up the Firle Community Association.
I joined the Parish Council in 2020 because I wanted to make a positive difference to the village environment and its community. I am keen for the Parish Council to increase communication within our community and help tackle some of the many important issues affecting the village and its residents.
I moved to Firle, with my sheep in 1985 and have lived here ever since. I was asked to join the Parish Council in the early 1990s and have been both the Chairman of the Parish Council and the Playing Fields and Memorial Hall Committee. Along with considerable community effort, I was involved in the re-building of the Memorial Hall, resulting in the modern and well-used resource it is today. I try to bring a rural and farming balance to the Parish Council and its co-existence with Firle Estate.
I was delighted to have been elected to the Firle Parish Council (FPC) in 2021. We have lived in Firle since 2006, raising and schooling our three children in this wonderful community. The work of the FPC has become more important as the issues our community faces become ever more complex and affected by national and global events. It is now May 2022 and I’ve seen so much evidence in the work of the FPC that becoming involved at this parish level does make a difference, and I feel honoured to be able to play a role alongside my excellent fellow parish councillors in supporting and strengthening our community. I look forward to engaging with all members of the parish community and would encourage anyone to approach me or any FPC member with any issues they’d like to raise.
Having grown up in a small village I understand and appreciate fully the value and benefit of living in a strong community. It is my desire to help nurture and care for the wonderful, vibrant community that we have here in Firle and to promote a sense of inclusivity for residents and visitors alike. My love of the natural world leads my interest in our immediate and the wider environment, with particular focus on sustainability and the care and protection of all flora and fauna.
It is my sincere belief that we have a duty of care, to respect and act with compassion towards all living things. I have lived in Firle for many years now and in my role as a councillor, I hope to bring a thoughtful, positive and proactive approach to the Parish Council.
I came to live in Firle in 2015 with my family. We never realised what a vibrant, diverse and active community we were joining! Since then, I have become involved in village activities on both a formal and informal basis; helping out at many events, becoming a member of Firle Community Association, and helping to promote what our wonderful historic church has to offer. I also have a keen interest in environmental issues and feel we should "give back" to nature.
I aim to apply my scientific and business background to help bring a balanced view to issues raised at the Parish Council. I hope to be an accessible and friendly councillor whom villagers are not afraid to approach. My ultimate wish is to contribute towards the long term sustainability of the village community and to ensure that Firle continues to thrive as a special place to live.
Parish Councillors are required by law to complete a Register of Members' Interests form declaring their Disclosable Pecuniary Interests those of their spouses or civil partners (or persons with whom they live in that capacity). Below are the completed declarations for Firle Parish Councillors.
The council is served by a Clerk, also known as Proper Officer, who is responsible for the administration of the council. The Clerk is also the Responsible Financial Officer (RFO) which is a statutory position for the management of public money.