There are many ways to contribute to the quality of life in West Dean Parish.

  • Report problems you come across in the Parish. There are a number of options of how to do this, and who to contact on our Report It page.
  • Find out what's going on in the Parish. Our website is a good source of up-to-date information on current projects we are involved with, community organisations we have given funding to and various clubs and societies which meet regularly.   Many of these groups would welcome more participants!
  • Attend a Parish Council meeting or come to the Annual Parish Meeting. If you feel strongly about an issue, you are permitted to make a statement or ask the Council a question during the first 15 minutes of the Council Meeting. The Annual Parish Meeting offers you the chance to meet your Councillors and ask a question of the panel of local representatives.
  • Finally, you may be interested in becoming a Parish Councillor yourself. There are two routes to this. Firstly, and most usually, you put yourself forward for election. Elections take place every 4 years. Secondly, if a position becomes vacant outside of this time, the Council will advertise for a person to be co opted to Council. Information on the role and the process is available on the websites of the Electoral Commission and the National Association of Local Councils. Or contact the Parish Clerk for more information.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
Margaret Mead