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 seven elected councillors, one co-opted councillor and three seats remain unfilled.

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 in the interests of transparency.
  • 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 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. In May each year Wye with Hinxhill Parish Council meets to elect a chair and vice-chair to serve for the next twelve months.

  • For the 2019-2020 year the chair is Cllr David Reece. (In response to the Covid-19 pandemic the Government has permitted the terms of office for all parish chairs and vice-chairs to extend until 7th May 2021).
  • The vice-chair is Cllr Noel Ovenden (is also elected as the Wye Ward member and therefore he is termed 'dual hatted' or 'twin hatted').
  • Cllrs David Reece, Noel Ovenden, Richard Bartley, Jasper Bouverie, Julie Dod, Penny Haynes, Annette Vousden and Mike West can all be reached via the Contact Us page.
  • The Wye parish boundary also defines the Wye Ward boundary.

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 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 (elected May 2017). All seats on Kent County Council were elected 4th May 2017. The next election for this seat will be held in May 2121.
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. Source acknowledgement: 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: Mon, 26 Oct 2020 22:23