There are seven seats on your Parish Council – five for the parish of Ashburnham (A) and two for the parish of Penhurst (P). If there are insufficient nominations at an election or if a vacancy arises during the four year term of office of the council, then the council must co-opt members to fill the vacancies. The new four year term started in May 2019. There were three vacant seats after the election, but these have now been filled by co-option. These are your representatives (scroll down to see their lead responsibilities):
Jay Ashworth (A) – co-opted
07876 484945 email@example.com
Nicci Gagel (P) – co-opted
01424 892088 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ron King (A) – elected
Chris Sinden (P) – co-opted
Paul Spicer (A) -co-opted
Vice Chairman 2022
Richard White (A) – elected
01424 892481 email@example.com
Fraser Williamson (A) – co-opted
The Parish Clerk is Brian Holdstock who may be contacted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 01323 832082.
Councillors’ Lead Responsibilities
This list shows the broad division of responsibilities. In 2022, with the arrival of three new parish councillor replacements, we decided to group the topics differently. Instead of grouping them by councillor, we are grouping them according to the areas of interest and, taking a leaf out of “20 Questions”, grouping them into Animal (the human world, society), Vegetable (the natural world) and Mineral (the build environment).
Parish Councillors do not possess a wide enough range of skills to cover all topics so we are inviting parishioners with special knowledge or interest to act as the councillor’s ‘correspondent’. If you would like to join their ranks, whether or not there is a lead councillor, then we’d love to hear from you.
Finally, if there is a topic you want to see in the list but which is not there then please contact the clerk.
Animal (the human world, society)
Communications, Website, Social media Jay Ashworth
Rural broadband Andrew Hoad (correspondent)
Events Chris Sinden
Police liaison Fraser Williamson
Phone box Nicci Gagel
Public transport A correspondent
Public health: defibrillators Chris Sinden
Public health: exercise facilities Richard White
Vegetable (the natural world)
Verges Paul Spicer
Rights of way, footpaths Paul Spicer
Environment: Litter Jay Ashworth
Environment: Aircraft noise Andrew Hoad, Clive O’Sullivan
Environment: Ecology, climate change A correspondent
Mineral (the built environment)
Highways Ron King
Housing A correspondent
Premises Richard White
Planning All councillors
Councillors’ Declarations of Interest
The law requires councillors to publicly declare their interests and for the declarations to be publicly available. They are listed below.