These are the current members of Fulking Parish Council
Kate Watson, Chair
I’ve lived in Fulking for the past six years and really love it, especially its location, mix of architectural styles, history and surrounding countryside.
As a councillor, I’ll do my best to look after our special village – helping to maintain its charm for future generations, whilst also taking into consideration the introduction of new technology, but in the most sympathetic way.
I enjoy gardening and nature and I am committed to keeping our area of beautiful countryside, a safe haven for the wildlife we are so lucky to have around us.
As we are now part of the South Downs National Park, hopefully the future of Fulking is looking good.
Michael Trist, Vice Chair
I have lived in Fulking for 19 years, and have been a member of the PCC for St Andrew’s, served for some years as a Trustee for the North Town Field, and mucked in to help with Social Committee events during that time. I have gained considerable insight in to what makes Fulking ‘tick’, and I am pleased to be able to have a chance to serve the local community on the Parish Council. I consider it essential that the council listens carefully to the views of every resident and then speaks with a powerful voice to the higher levels of local government, holding them to account for their actions (and inactions).
Chairman Planning (Second term on Parish Council)
Now retired, my last job was P.A. to the Managing Director of a local Housing Association where I helped set up new offices in Hove and worked there for about fifteen years. I was then involved in the setting up of Hove & Portslade Victim Support and was deputy co-ordinator for four years before we moved to Fulking.
I’ve lived within the area of the South Downs since 1947, when, with my parents, we moved from London to a small farm. I was educated at a local boarding school and first came across Fulking in my early teens coming here for “Cream Teas” on days out from school. In my late teens it was the Shepherd and Dog that was the attraction, a very different pub to the one it is today !! We moved to Fulking 17 years ago. Many of you will know me because of the beautiful bluebells at Furze Field, where we garden organically, including a large veg plot and soft fruit area, and plant flowers and shrubs to encourage butterflies and birds. Others will know me because of the “Wine Quiz”.
Fulking is a very special place and I feel any planning matters should be considered with the utmost care in order to preserve the intrinsic quality of the Village. Being an environmentalist two of my pet hates are light pollution and noise pollution. I am also a committed advocate of recycling.
I dislike retrospective planning and cricket is a mystery to me !! One of my favourite pastimes is walking the dogs on our local Downs. That fantastic view of Fulking from the top of the hill needs our protection.
I moved to Fulking over 10 years ago and now work from home in Clappers Lane, combining an arts consultancy service with active membership of boards and committees, eg Age UK Brighton & Hove, Hassocks Rail Group and the Warehouse Theatre. I am a member of the Clappers Lane Action Group and the Village Plan Committee.
A vacancy exists for a Councillor following the recent resignation of Dr. David Slavin.
Derek Blackhall – Parish Clerk
Clerk to Fulking Parish Council
22 Kymer Gardens
Phone: 01273 846186