These are the current members of Fulking Parish Council following their election on Thursday 7th May 2015
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).
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.
Having lived in Fulking, worked in West Sussex and taken advantage of the beautiful countryside and coastline by walking, biking or sailing over it for more than 30 years, I intend to contribute a little more to the community.
I believe that we need to balance the protection of this spectacular part of the country with the practical needs of those who live here. This is difficult to achieve, but I have been impressed by approach of council so far and hope that I can help continue that good work by representing the views of our small community.
The Parish Council is the official voice of Fulking and in amongst all the Mid & West Sussex bureaucracy, is surprisingly effective at highlighting and feeding back local opinion on issues affecting our day-to-day lives. Let’s ensure it stays that way.
I have lived in Fulking for 22 years and truly appreciate its special character and beautiful location. I believe we need to protect the village’s inherent character whilst at the same time moving the village forward with the times. Not an easy job!
Now that I have some extra time I wish to support the local community by listening to local resident’s opinions and representing those views to our local council and beyond. I am keen to see practical steps taken to improve the lives of local residents and look forward to working with my fellow councillors’ to support the local community.
Derek Blackhall – Parish Clerk
Clerk to Fulking Parish Council
22 Kymer Gardens
Phone: 01273 846186