The Council

Lingfield Parish Council is a small local authority with seven councillors elected for four years. The next elections will be held in 2023 but by-elections may be held to fill vacancies occuring between elections. Each year the Council raises a 'precept' on council tax payers to cover the cost of running expenses which in 2022 amounts to £60,000. We also receive a small income from allotment rent but most of this is reinvested into the sites. The Clerk (and Responsible Finance Officer) is employed by the Parish Council to attend meetings and implement decisions taken by the Council. The Parish Office is open to the public four mornings a week. Parish Council members are volunteers but we have adopted a system of members’ allowances to enable us to compensate councillors for their expenditure on telephone calls and computer consumables. The level of allowance at the moment is £25 per member for telephone calls and £25 per member for computer consumables. There is a higher allowance for the Chairman and Chairman of the Planning Committee, up to a maximum of £150 per year.

The Parish Council usually meets on the last Wednesday of the month (excluding August and December). The Planning Committee has delegated powers and meets roughly every two weeks. This is necessary because of the 21 day consultation period on planning applications.

Some members have extra responsibilities or serve on outside bodies.  These are listed below:-

Surrey and Sussex Association of Local Councils      Cllrs Hepworth and Downing

Lingfield Wildlife Area      Cllrs Marks and Lockwood

Gatwick Airport      Cllr Lockwood

Neighbourhood Plan      Cllrs Hearnden, Lockwood and Marks

Allotments    Cllr Downing

Finance     Cllr Hearnden

Pond Committee      Cllrs Fudge and Jecks 

Jubilee celebrations     Cllrs Hearnden, Downing, Jecks and Fudge 

 

What We Do 

Lingfield Parish Council: 

Owns Lingfield and Dormansland Community Centre and the Jennings Hall, leasing them to a management committee
Owns part of the Nature Reserves, leasing it to a management committee
Manages the allotment gardens at Centenary Fields and The Pollards
Looks after the village pond
Provides extra maintenance around the village including the planters, grass cutting and some graffiti removal
Liaises with Surrey County Council regarding traffic problems
Takes responsibility for the war memorial and village cage 
Provides benches, flag pole, history board and notice boards around the village 

Gives regular financial help to:- the Church to provide churchyard maintenance; Lingfield Wildlife Area for maintenance of Nature Reserves; Chamber of Commerce to provide Christmas lights in the village; Meals on Wheels and Community News
Provides small grants to local organisations such as Scouts, Guides, Youth Football Team, Youth Cricket Team
Co-ordinates volunteers who carry out Speedwatch duties
Comments on all planning applications in the parish – Tandridge District Council then makes the final decision, taking into account our views
Supports the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group
Supports the Lingfest Organising Committee

Lingfield residents are served by Surrey County Council, Tandridge District Council and Lingfield Parish Council and the Parish Office provides an information point for residents who may be unsure which organisation they need to contact.