Newick Village

About the Parish Council

Parish Council Meetings are on the last Tuesday of every month except December.

Committee meetings are held on the second Tuesday of every month except when social distancing rules are in force.


Parish councils represent one of the tiers of local government.

A parish council has numerous powers and rights. For example it can provide playing fields, make bylaws, deal with the acquisition of land and influence the district and county councils and government agencies on issues and concerns affecting local residents. Parish Councils also have the right to be notified of planning applications by the planning authorities and comment on them, and can spend annually sums decided by its Councillors in accordance with local government legislation.

The 1997 Local Government and Rating Bill contained new powers for parish councils in relation to crime prevention and community transport, and the more recent localism and planning legislation changes have allowed them to produce Neighbourhood Plans and thus have a strong influence on the future development of their parishes.

Newick Parish Council is composed of up to 11 members (Councillors) who are elected for a term of four years. Parish Councillors are elected on the basis of their ability to serve the community, and not on party political grounds. The full council meets 11 times a year, and together with attendance at the Planning, Environment, Playing Fields and Finance and General Purposes Committees, most Councillors attend two or three meetings each month. The council reports on its activities to the public at the Annual Parish Meeting held each year in April. Finance for the council is obtained largely from the Council Tax and in 2021/22 this will yield £68,196.

The Council is represented on the Newick Village Hall Management Committee, the Sports Pavilion Management Committee, and Lewes District Association of Local Councils. A range of training courses is made available to Councillors by Sussex and Surrey Association of Local Councils (SSALC) and the Parish Clerk and Councillors can also keep up to date by attending the annual conferences and networking events organised by East Sussex County Council, Lewes District Council and SSALC.


Latest Parish News

06-09-2021 at 9:13 AM

Review of facilities on the Playing Fields

This public consultation event was held at The Sports Pavilion from 9.30 to 12 noon, and then from 2pm to 4.30pm on the village green as part of the Horticultural Society Show.
02-09-2021 at 11:13 AM

Lewes Local Plan consultation response

Lewes District Council is preparing a new Local Plan which will cover that part of the district outside of the South Downs National Park. They published an ‘Issues & Options’ document for consultation as the first stage in the Local Plan preparation process.
25-08-2021 at 10:50 AM

Skate Park Consultation Open Morning

Open morning Saturday 4th September 2021 9.30am - 12 noon at the Sports Pavilion
23-08-2021 at 11:04 AM

August PC Meeting postponed to 14th September 2021

The meeting scheduled for the evening of 31st August 2021 has been rescheduled to the evening of 14th September 2021. If you have any questions regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact the Clerk at
22-07-2021 at 9:32 AM

Parish Council Meetings resume

Following the lifting of restrictions on 19th July, Newick Parish Council are delighted to resume face to face meetings from 27th July 2021. Agendas will be published on as normal.
16-07-2021 at 9:16 AM

Skate Park Consultation Survey 2021

Newick Parish Council (NPC) is reviewing all the facilities at the Playing Fields, looking at the Skate Park which is nearly 20 years old and needs replacing.
16-07-2021 at 9:07 AM

Chailey Repair Cafe 2021

Chailey Repair Cafe are delighted to announce that we have reopened at our new base in St Peter’s Church Chailey, on the A275 at Chailey Green and will be there on the second Saturday of each month as usual between 1000hrs and 1300hrs This first face to face Repair Café on Saturday 12th June was a huge success – we got through nearly 50 repairs and were very glad to see that you’d not forgotten about us!! Regretfully, until all the Government restrictions are lifted, we are still unable to offer a café facility when we open again on July 10th. We are now very hopeful that normal service – with our legendary cakes! - will resume when we reopen fully on 14th August – watch this space! Don’t forget that we repair portable domestic items only and we try to do that while you wait and watch what we do, so you’ll be able to fix it yourself next time!! Please don’t leave items for repair at the Church when we are not there!! Come and see us when we are open, or contact us at and we’ll see what we can do to help. See you very soon!! Bryan McAlley and the Chailey Repair Café team Click on the More... button which includes a link to the 2021 dates
26-05-2021 at 8:44 AM

Newick Spring Clean 2021

With your help, come summer, we can all enjoy a cleaner, greener, litter-free village. Keep Britain Tidy is running a Great British Spring Clean from 28th May – 13th June and we encourage residents to get involved. Newick Parish Council has recently invested in equipment which can be borrowed (to be returned by the 14th June) please email or phone 07876 078441 to arrange. Newick Parish Councils’ handyman does a wonderful job on the playing fields and central village so it’s the roads on the village periphery (e.g. Cornwalls Bank, Oxbottom Lane), the A272 extending to the bridge and some of the footpaths that need some TLC.
05-05-2021 at 11:01 AM

Parish Council Meetings suspended from 7th May 2021

At the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council it was agreed to suspend face to face meetings from 7th May 2021.
23-04-2021 at 11:26 AM

Parish Councillor Vacancy

There currently is a Parish Councillor vacancy which will be filled by co-option
01-04-2021 at 12:20 PM

Q&A with Leigh Palmer, Head of Planning, Lewes District Council

Residents were invited to submit questions to the Head of Planning in advance of the Parish Council meeting on 30th March 2021.
29-03-2021 at 12:00 PM

Parish Council Vacancy

Newick Parish Council currently has 10 out of 11 Councillor positions filled.
22-03-2021 at 11:40 AM

Mitchelswood Inquiry Dismissal

As we have been in lockdown some Parishioners may not have heard that the Mitchelswood Inquiry was dismissed in February 2021 and therefore the planning application has been refused.
19-03-2021 at 10:56 AM

55 Allington Road Appeal Dismissed

LW/19/0985 Outline planning permission for the demolition of existing building and construction of 9no. self-build/custom-build bungalows with all matters reserved except access
10-03-2021 at 11:52 AM

Land Availability Assessment

Newick Parish Council would like to share some information about the recent Land Availability Assessment exercise undertaken by Lewes District Council.
16-02-2021 at 4:14 PM

Census day 2021 is coming

Census Day is Sunday 21 March 2021 in England and Wales.
11-02-2021 at 10:09 AM

East Sussex Covid-19 Vaccination programme

The NHS in Sussex continues to make good progress with the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccination programme.
08-02-2021 at 1:06 PM

Walking in Sussex

Are you fed-up with doing the same old walks?
29-01-2021 at 10:46 AM

The Parish Council's comment on Lewes District Council’s Draft Interim Policy Statement

The Parish Council's comment on Lewes District Council’s Draft Interim Policy Statement for Housing Delivery December 2020
17-08-2020 at 2:35 PM


Since our last planning update on 9th June, there have been some further developments. We informed you that a planning application for the demolition of Oakside and the erection of 69 homes at Woods Fruit Farm had been submitted to Lewes District Council (LDC). Thank you to the many residents who wrote to LDC with their concerns - and we are now pleased to report that this application was refused by the LDC planning committee on 12th August
30-06-2020 at 8:48 AM

New Book about Newick Published.

A Childhood in the Village of Newick, Sussex, around the 1940s by Newick ‘senior citizen’ Christine Ripley (nee Carter)
07-06-2020 at 3:34 PM

NEWICK AFTERNOON CLUB: important notice

We regret that due to Covid-19 restrictions, our meetings are suspended until further notice. Please stay safe.
18-03-2020 at 9:56 AM

Newick Community Response during the Covid-19 Pandemic

We find ourselves in an unprecedented position and the effects of the Coronavirus are changing on a daily basis. Newick Parish Council are currently working closely with the village pastoral care team and St Mary’s Church, Newick.
06-02-2020 at 1:07 PM

Chailey Repair Cafe 2020: Information and dates

Bring your clothing/textiles, electrical appliances, computers, IT devices, bicycles, furniture & Household objects!!!
01-02-2020 at 9:44 AM


Happy February from Newick Parish Council and welcome to a short update about issues that we hope will be of interest to Villagers.
18-12-2019 at 10:19 AM


The Parish Council is now at a full compliment of 11 Councillors and we are lucky to have people with a variety of different backgrounds and experience who can bring fresh ideas to the work the Council does in the village.