About Petworth Town Council
Petworth Town Council consists of 15 Councillors, and Town Council elections take place every four years. The Council meetings are on the 3rd Thursday of each month and are held at The Council Office in The Old Bakery, Golden Square (the access door is in Saddlers Row) starting at 7.30 p.m. and the public may attend.
There is a ‘Public Representation’ item on each Agenda where residents may request no less than 48 hours before the meeting, to speak and raise any issue with the Council. However residents are encouraged to report any matter of concern to the Clerk at any time.
Usually the West Sussex County Councillor and the Chichester District Councillor attend the meeting to give reports from the principal authorities on matters of interest to local people and to answer questions.
The Town Council has three committees: the Traffic and Planning Committee which addresses road traffic matters and engages mainly with West Sussex County Council Highways department who are the responsible authority, and also responds as a statutory consultee to the South Downs National Park Authority on local planning applications; the Finance and General Purposes Committee sets the Council’s budget, manages the Council’s finances, and may award small grants to local organisations; and thirdly the Open Spaces Committee which deals with our local environment, our allotments, Rosemary Gardens and the children’s play area, and Hampers Green. The Council appoints members to serve as representatives on other bodies or to carry out particular functions.
The Council employs a Town Clerk & RFO and a Neighbourhood Planning Clerk, who undertake the administration of the Council’s business.
In addition to monthly town council meetings, we hold an Annual Council Meeting, and, required by regulation, an Annual Town Meeting. In the past these have been held on the same day in May but from 2016, the Annual Town Meeting (or Annual Meeting of Electors) will be held at the end of the Council year and the Annual Meeting of the Town Council (or AGM) will be held at the start of the Council year. The Annual Town Meeting is not a Council meeting but is for all electors at which the council chairman traditionally gives a report on the council’s activities in the preceding year, and residents have the opportunity to raise any issue and ask questions.
Please contact us if you have any questions concerning the work of the Town Council, if you have any concerns that you feel the Council should be aware of, or where we can help or support you.