Aldingbourne Parish Council consists of 10 members. Parish council elections take place every four years.
The Council meets on the first Tuesday of each month, except January and August when no meetings are held. The meetings are held at Aldingbourne Community Centre, Olivers Meadow, Westergate starting at 7.00pm and are open to the public. There is a ’Public Session’ item on each Agenda when residents can 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 one or more of Arun District Councillors will attend the meeting to give reports on matters from the principal authorities which are of interest to the Parish and to answer questions.
The Parish Council has two committees, the Planning Committee which responds to planning applications as a statutory consultee, and the Finance Committee, which sets the Council’s budget and application of grant aid. The Council appoints members to serve as representatives on other bodies or to carry out particular functions.
The Council employs a Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer, who undertakes the administration of the Council’s business, and a Litter Picker to help keep clean the worst affected areas and supplement the street cleaning which is the responsibility of Arun District Council.
In addition to parish council meetings the Council is required by regulation to hold an Annual Meeting usually in May. The Council is also required to arrange an Annual Parish Assembly. This is not a formal meeting of the council. It is a meeting of parishioners at which the council chairman traditionally gives a report on the council’s activities in the preceeding year and other local organisations and clubs can also give reports. Residents have the opportunity at the Assembly to raise any issue and ask questions.
The parish council is Trustee of the Westergate Recreation Ground Fund (a registered charity) which was established when land in Barnetts Field was conveyed to the parish for recreational purposes. Today, the fund holds the proceeds from the sale of the Barnetts Field site which is deposited in investments approved by the Charity Commissioners and the income earned is applied towards the upkeep of the recreation ground in Olivers Meadow.