Working for Wye - past, present and future

About the Parish Council - who we are

Elected representatives

Kent is a shire (non-metropolitan) county, so residents have three tiers of representation at the parish, borough and county level. Responsibility for providing different services is divided between these three tiers.

  • Wye parishioners can elect up to eleven parish councillors to represent them. (Click on the blue bar above for more information)

Standing for election

If you are considering standing as a candidate at the next parish council election in May 2023, you can download independent Electoral Commission guidance and resources here. If a casual vacancy arises before 2023 the process is more straightforward. Please contact the Parish Clerk here for more information and to register your interest.

Parish staff

The staff and contract team work together to deliver a growing range of services for Wye residents. You can contact them all here through the Parish Clerk at Unit 2B, Briar Close, Bramble Lane Wye TN25 5HB, or by phone 01233 812459 (answerphone).

Parish Clerk and Parish Manager

Legislation requires every parish council to appoint a proper officer to act on behalf of the council and to discharge all the council's statutory duties and responsibilities. In Wye, and indeed most other parish councils the Parish Clerk is the Proper Officer. The Parish Clerk of Wye now has the combined role of Proper Officer and Responsible Finance Officer (RFO).

Deputy Parish Clerk

The Deputy Clerk undertakes some of the functions of the former Responsible Finance Officer (RFO) post. The legal duties and responsibilities of this new part-time role include maintaining an effective system of internal financial control and governance.

Responsible Finance Officer

The standalone post of RFO was deleted in January 2020. In preparation for this change the Parish Clerk is now the appointed Responsible Finance Officer (RFO). The Clerk and Deputy Clerk now share the functions of the RFO between them.

Burial Clerk

The Burial Clerk is the first point of contact for funeral directors and stonemasons. The Burial Clerk is also responsible for liaising with clergy, maintaining the statutory Burial Records, and for ensuring that the Parish Council's Burial Ground Policy is fully implemented.


Practical People

Groundskeepers

Mr Jeff Austen
Mrs Nicola Austen

Village Caretaker

Mr Cecil Gasson

Village Cleaner

Mrs Rose Williams

Allotment Warden

Mrs Jane Burnham

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Lighting Warden (voluntary post)

Vacancy

Tree Warden (voluntary post)

Vacancy

Community Warden

Richard Sinden is the Wye Community Warden. He is employed by Kent County Council, but works closely with the Parish Council, Our Place Wye and other local organisations. He also has a direct line to Kent Police. Richard varies his hours from week to week, but he is out and about in the village between 07.30 and 22.00 every day.

Parish Volunteers

The Parish Council supports a number of voluntary warden roles with training, equipment and public liability and personal accident insurance cover for the volunteers (e.g. Allotment Warden, Footpath Warden; Lighting Warden; Play Area Warden; Public Open Spaces Warden; River Warden and Tree Warden). The Parish Council also supports the team of Wye Flood Wardens, within the Kent Resilience Forum training and accreditation scheme.

Thanks to the time and skills given by these parish volunteers for their community the Parish Council is able to cover some of the gaps in the services formerly provided by other tiers of local government and statutory agencies.

Last updated: Sun, 31 May 2020 11:47