The Parish Meeting


‘Selmeston’ describes both the local government and the ecclesiastical parishes of that name, which share boundaries but have wholly separate administrations. The name is also used to refer to the group of houses to the north of the A27 that may also be referred to as Selmeston village.

For local government purposes, Selmeston is a Parish Meeting, the lowest tier of local government. It held its first meeting as such in 1894.

A Parish Meeting is usually appropriate where the population is fewer than 150. Unlike a Parish Council, a Parish Meeting is not a corporate body representing its electors but consists of all the electors, who must elect a chairman annually. The chairman has responsibility for every aspect of the civil administration of the parish, including the holding of any property and the protection of amenities such as footpaths. In the case of Selmeston, the only significant property is the war memorial, for which nearby Alciston has joint responsibility. The village hall is managed separately from the Parish Meeting, by trustees appointed under a trust deed.

Wealden district council is the next tier of government, and Selmeston is part of the Arlington ward, which also includes Alciston, Berwick, Chalvington & Ripe, Deanland and Laughton. The ward returns one councillor. This is currently a Conservative, David Watts.

Selmeston is represented at the East Sussex County Council as part of the Arlington, East Hoathly and Hellingly division. Our representative is Nick Bennett  (Conservative) who has served on the Council since 2009 and who currently holds a number of important positions, including that of Lead member for Resources.

The parliamentary district for Selmeston is Lewes. The general election in 2019 re-elected a Conservative, Maria Caulfield.

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