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

Andrew Hoad (P) – co-opted
Chairman of the Council 2019
01424 893033

Ron King (A) – elected

Zoe O’Sullivan (A) – elected

Chris Sinden (P) – co-opted

Paul Spicer (A) -co-opted

Richard White (A) – elected
Vice Chairman 2019
01424 892481

The Parish Clerk is Brian Holdstock who may be contacted by email to or by phone on 01323 832082.

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 – Care of natural environment, community services including affordable housing.
    • Bus service liaison
    • Affordable housing overview
    • Needy households awareness
    • Cycling and walking infrastructure plan
    • Development of former payphone as museum
    • Protection of the natural world (hedgerows, wildflower verges)
    • Refuse collection and recycling
    • Zero carbon village.
  • Cllr Andrew Hoad
    • Rural broadband – superfast for all.
    • The council’s strategic objectives including financial ones.
  • Cllr Ron King – Highways matters
    • Potholes and road mending
    • Cutting verges to maintain safe visibility
    • Finger post maintenance programme
    • Drainage issues – ditches, gulley pot emptying
  • Cllr Zoe O’Sullivan – Website, communications, rural character preservation.
    • Village website –
      • compliance with statutory requirements.
      • page owners’ liaison for updating
      • development plan to make it the information portal of choice
      • schedule regular postings to social media
    • Communications
    • Planning policy compliance
      • National and local planning policy tracking
    • Village rural character preservation
      • Dark night sky
      • Litter picking
  • Cllr Chris Sinden – Community engagement (events)
    • Annual assembly presentations
  • Cllr Paul Spicer – Public rights of way
    • Footpaths and bridleways upkeep
    • Landowners liaison regarding hedges maintenance
  • Cllr Richard White – Premises
    • 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