Councillors

Your representatives

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):

Tina French (A) – elected
01424 892580 j.french678@btinternet.com

Andrew Hoad (P) – co-opted
Chairman of the Council 2019
01424 893033  hoadie86@yahoo.co.uk

Ron King (A) – elected
ronald.king3@btinternet.com

Zoe O’Sullivan (A) – elected
zoe1066@hotmail.co.uk

Chris Sinden (P) – co-opted
07917826051 sindens4@btinternet.com

Paul Spicer (A) -co-opted
pspicer852@gmail.com

Richard White (A) – elected
Vice Chairman 2019
01424 892481 richardwhite@farming.co.uk

The Parish Clerk is Brian Holdstock who may be contacted by email to clerk@ashburnham-penhurst.net or by phone on 01323 832082.

Photo of the current Parish Councillors

Councillors’ Lead Responsibilities

This list shows the broad division of responsibilities.  If there is a topic you want to see in the list but which is not there then please contact the clerk.

  • Cllr Tina French – Environment, Sustainability & Wellbeing including affordable housing:
    • Bus service liaison
    • Affordable housing review
    • Needy households awareness (Rother Rural Trust)
    • Refuse collection and Recycling
    • ESCC Waste management policy awareness
    • Zero carbon village
    • Protection of the natural world (hedgerows, wildflower verges)
    • Wildlife pathways
    • Development of former payphone as museum
  • Cllr Andrew Hoad – Internet Broadband Connectivity
    • Rural broadband – superfast for all
    • The council’s strategic objectives including financial ones
  • Cllr Ron King – Highways (smooth and safe roads)
    • Potholes and road mending
    • SLR agenda and rapport with Highways
    • Cutting verges to maintain safe visibility
    • Finger post maintenance programme
    • Drainage issues – ditches, gulley pot emptying
  • Cllr Zoe O’Sullivan – Communications & Involvement, Rural character preservation
    • Website compliance with statutory requirements
    • Schedule postings to website and social media
    •  Planning policy development and updates
    • Village rural character preservation
      • Dark night sky
      • Litter picking
  • Cllr Chris Sinden – Community Events
    • Annual assembly presentations
    • Maintenance of defibrillators
    • Carol Singing
    • Remembrance service
    • Fairs and coffee mornings
    • Village bonfire
  • Cllr Paul Spicer – Public rights of way
    • Footpaths and bridleways upkeep
    • Landowners liaison regarding hedges maintenance
    • Cycling and Walking infrastructure plan
    • ESCC rights of way team liaison
  • Cllr Richard White – New Village Hall and Sports Pavilion
    • New village hall – project management
    • Cricket pavilion and recreation ground maintenance
    • Chair of village hall management committee

Responses to Rother D.C. consultations on planning applications are determined by all councillors either at a council meeting or a meeting of the Planning Committee (of which all councillors are members).

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.

Christine French
Andrew Hoad
Ron King
Zoe O’Sullivan
Chris Sinden
Paul Spicer
Richard White