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Parish Council Accounts 2023/24. Each year a smaller authority’s Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) needs to be reviewed by an external auditor appointed by Smaller Authorities’ Audit Appointments Ltd. The unaudited AGAR has been published with this notice. As it has yet to be reviewed by the appointed auditor, it is subject to change as a result of that review. Any person interested has the right to inspect and make copies of the accounting records for the financial year to which the audit relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other documents relating to those records must be made available for inspection by any person interested. More information on how to access the accounts is here  The Parish Council financial information can be found here

Telecoms Tower Proposal Refused

 The proposed application for a 20-metre-high telecoms tower on land west of Westmeston Avenue (SDNP/24/01472/PA16) has been refused permission by the South Downs National Park Planning Authority (SDNPA). The Parish Council objected to the proposal as a mast at or near this location would have had a very negative impact on sightlines from all directions. The SDNPA acknowledged in their decision that the plans were in conflict with the recently adopted Neighbourhood Plan   policies to protect the green space around the Parish and its wildlife corridors. See the full decision here

Lower High Street Project Paused . The Parish Council has decided to pause work on proposals to re-develop the Lower High Street because of the shortage of Councillors. This will allow the Council to focus on the transfer of St Aubyns Field, Chapel and Pavilion expected in July/August. 

Road Works on the A259. We have been advised about gas main replacement work taking place on Marine Drive in Rottingdean from Tuesday 07 May for approximately 8 weeks.  The work will involve replacing the gas main on Marine Drive between the junction of West Street and Nevill Road.  Due to the location of the gas pipe in the road the bus lane between these junctions will be closed. 

ROTTINGDEAN NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN ADOPTED BY BHCC. Following the majority of yes votes in the referendum on Friday 9th February, the Neighbourhood Plan was formally adopted by Brighton and Hove City Council on 28th March 2024. This means that the Rottingdean Parish Neighbourhood Plan 2018-2030 has been brought into legal force and forms part of the statutory Development Plan for Brighton & Hove. Consequently, decisions in determining planning applications in Rottingdean Parish will be made in accordance with the Neighbourhood Plan unless material considerations indicate otherwise. See the Adoption Statement

Be a Councillor! Council Vacancies Three Councillor vacancies have arisen on Rottingdean Parish Council Are you interested in applying? Serving on the Council will give you the opportunity to play a vital role in shaping the future of the Parish. You will represent the interests of the local community and contribute to the Council’s work maintaining and improving local facilities and services. It is a rewarding role and we would welcome your experience in helping us achieve our ambitious goals. Find out more and download and complete the application form and eligibility declaration here. 

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Rottingdean Parish Council 

Rottingdean is the only Parish Council in the Brighton and Hove area funded by a small addition to the Council Tax (the precept). There are 9 Councillors elected every four years. Rottingdean Council’s aim is to:

  • To preserve and protect the natural environment, seafront, green spaces and character of our village
  • To promote and enhance the quality of village community life, services and amenities
  • To monitor and influence priorities for the development of the built environment, highways, traffic, and pathways by working closely with relevant BHCC  departments

In all our work and indeed in deciding how best to use our delegated powers the Parish Councillors, who remain unremunerated, always have the best interests of residents in mind.  Having a Parish Council is a vital part of local democracy ensuring the Rottingdean residents have much more say in the future of the village and that the interests of residents are directly represented in wider decisions on infrastructure and planning. The Parish Council’s delegated powers mean we can contribute to a range of local services and amenities which may otherwise be given a much lower priority given the pressures on Brighton and Hove City Council.

Supporting Activity

  • To preserve and protect the natural environment, seafront, green spaces and character of our village
    • By maintaining the Village Pond
    • Through the Beacon Hill Nature Reserve Stewardship Group
    • The installation of a new Pond Path
  • To promote and enhance the quality of village community life, services and amenities
    • Making the Lower High Street a pedestrian priority area
    • Refurbishing Park Road Toilets
    • Providing Grant funding to local community groups and charities
    • Providing a new green space at the centre of the Village – St Aubyns Field
    • Supporting artistic and cultural events
    • Promoting tourism and economic activity
    • Working with BHCC to improve the Air Quality in the High Street
  • To monitor and influence priorities for the development of the built environment, highways, traffic, and pathways by working closely with relevant BHCC departments
    • Scrutinising all planning applications
    • Working with BHCC to manage Air Quality
    • Co-funding pavement repair on the High Street
    • Working with BHCC on a solution for lighting of the Twitten

Rottingdean Council is funded by a small amount added to the Council tax (the Council tax precept) that is agreed in April each year. Funds are used to improve to the Village environment and make grants and donations to initiatives which benefit the Community. Our grant application form and guidance can be found here

The Parish Council has a number of Advisory Groups that consider the detail of proposals and make recommendations to the full Parish Council to consider. See more here

First created in November 2010, this website is regularly updated and new ideas for content are often added. As well as providing public information, the Parish Council wishes to hear your feedback, ideas and comments, so please e-mail your views direct to us at enquiries@rottingdean-pc.gov.uk 

The current Rottingdean Parish Councillors are:

Clerk to the Parish Council:  Chris Hayes


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Council Clerk: Chris Hayes


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Rottingdean Parish Council,
The Gables,
6 Dean Road,
Rottingdean, BN2 7DH

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