Working for Wye - past, present and future

Who we are

Your elected representatives

Kent is a shire county, and Wye with Hinxhill is a civil parish so residents have three tiers of representation - at the parish, borough and county level, (in addition to Westminster and the European Parliament). Responsibility for providing different services is split between the three tiers. See the A-Z of Services pages for more information.

Wye with Hinxhill Parish Council

Wye parishioners can elect up to eleven parish councillors to represent them on local matters. Currently the Parish Council has five elected councillors, one co-opted councillor and the remaining five seats are unfilled.

In summary, Wye parish councillors are:

  • all independent, and have no political party affiliations.
  • not paid for their time.
  • bound by the Code of Conduct (as are all councillors at the parish, borough and county tiers of local government), and required to make declarations of pecuniary interest (financial interest) in the interests of transparency.
  • committed to uphold the Seven Principles of Public Life (also known as the Nolan Principles)
  • elected to serve a four year term of office. At the end of which the Council dissolves. Councillors must then either put themselves forward for re-election or retire. This time limit also applies to any councillor who is elected in a by-election or co-opted during the four year term.

The next election for the Parish Council will be held in May 2023 (on the same day as the local elections for Ashford Borough Council). Wye is not sub-divided into wards, so each councillor has a duty to represent the interests of the whole parish. At the annual parish council meeting (APCM) there is an election for the chair and vice-chair who will serve for the next twelve months.

  • For the 2021-2022 year the chair is Cllr Noel Ovenden.
  • Cllr Noel Ovenden (is also elected as the Wye Ward member and therefore he is termed 'dual hatted' or 'twin hatted').
  • Cllrs Noel Ovenden, Richard Bartley, Julie Dod, Sheena Farmer, Penny Haynes and Mike West can be reached via the Contact Us page.
  • During the year 2020-2021 Jasper Bouverie resigned to undertake other voluntary work for Our Place Wye, Sheena Farmer was co-opted, David Reece stepped down and sadly, Annette Vousden died while in office.

The Parish Clerk and Parish Manager is the Parish Council's senior employee. The post holder has several legal duties and responsibilities, but is not elected. Katherine Stephens holds this position, (though in local government law, she is designated as the Proper Officer, Responsible Finance Officer and Data Controller). Katherine is ably supported by Mary Lacey as the Deputy Clerk.

Ashford Borough Council

  • Wye elects one borough councillor, Cllr Noel Ovenden. (re-elected May 2019).
  • Wye is within the Ashford Rural East division, one of 81 in Kent County Council (reduced at the 2017 election from 84 divisions, following a Boundary Commission review).
  • The Wye parish boundary also defines Wye Ward.
  • Wye Ward was last contested 2nd May 2019 (There were elections for all other seats on Ashford Borough Council, and all seats on all parish councils across the country on the same date).

Kent County Council

  • Wye is within the Ashford Rural East division, one of 81 in Kent County Council (reduced at the 2017 election from 84 divisions, following a Boundary Commission review).
  • The Ashford Rural East Division elects one county councillor Cllr Clair Bell (re-elected May 2021). The next election for this Kent County Council seat will be held in May 2125.
A map which shows that the Wye parish boundary with Brook, Hastingleigh and Waltham parishes also defines the Ashford, Canterbury and Folkestone and Hythe constituency boundaries.

Wye's parish and ward boundary with Brook, Hastingleigh and Waltham parishes also defines the Canterbury, Folkestone and Hythe constituency boundaries. The small and sparsely populated civil parish of Hinxhill merged with Wye in 1987. Map source: Ordnance Survey and Royal Mail

Ashford Parliamentary Constituency

  • Wye is on the north east boundary of the Ashford parliamentary constituency, which is represented by Damian Green MP at Westminster (re-elected December 2019).

Last updated: Wed, 19 May 2021 16:54