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The Parish Council

The current system of parish councils was formed in 1896. There are currently around 10,000 parish councils in the country. Any community can ask to have a parish council and, in fact, many new parishes have been formed in recent years -particularly in urban areas. 


Local councils have evolved considerably over the last 1000 or so years, but one thing remains the same: they are the tier of local government which is closest to individual communities and therefore have the greatest potential for identifying, understanding and addressing the needs of the communities they serve. 

The role of a Parish Councillor is a voluntary one. Elections are held every 4 years. To be eligible to be a councillor you must be: 
  • 18 or over and on the electoral register
  • a British subject or EU National
  • a resident of the parish or live within 3 miles of its boundary
  • able to attend regular evening meetings 
  • interested in local issues and things which affect people 
  • keen to improve the local environment and quality of life 
  • willing to represent the views of the whole community.

Woolbeding with Redford Parish Council Meetings are usually held on the last Monday of every other month at 7:30pm in Redford Village Hall. As well as the councillors we usually have a representative from West Sussex County Council, Chichester District Council and the National Trust. 

Members of the public and press are very welcome to attend. If you wish to comment on an Agenda item please speak to the chairman or clerk before the meeting.

Every year, in March, the Annual Parish Meeting is held. At this meeting no business is discussed, instead a guest speaker is invited to come along and speak on a topic we hope will be of interest to Parishioners. The meeting is followed by a social event, with refreshments, to enable Parishioners, Councillors and the Guest Speaker (if he/she is able to stay) to discuss any Parish matters. At this meeting the Chairman presents the Annual Report.