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The Agenda and papers for the Cocking Parish Council Annual Meeting on 1st July and minutes from 3rd June are now available (click here).

There have been changes to the composition of Your Council and new declararations of Members' Interests.  Click here to view.

The Parish Council Annual Governance Statement is available on the Transparency page (click here).


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Cocking Councillors Returned Uncontested

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Parish Council Elections – 2 May 2019

Below you will find a copy of the Statement of Persons Nominated showing particulars of the persons who were validly nominated for Cocking Parish Council when the receipt of nominations closed at 4pm on 4th April.

2019 04 04 Cocking SOPN

As you will see the number of candidates is lower than the number of vacancies to be filled and therefore all will be declared to be elected as unopposed and it will not be necessary to hold an election for your Parish as shown on the Notice of Uncontested Election, which is also attached below.

2019 05 02 Cocking Uncontested Notice

Although there are insufficient candidates for an election, a quorum has been achieved (3 councillors or one third of the total seats, whichever is the greater).

Legislation now requires that the Parish Council shall co-opt qualified people to fill the remaining seats. This should normally be done at the first meeting of the Parish Council but MUST be done within seven weeks of the 7 May 2019. If the vacancies have not been filled within that seven week period then it will be necessary to set a date for a further election to fill those vacancies. The full cost of such election would then have to be paid by the Parish Council.

Make Your Voice Heard - Register and Vote in May

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Make your voice heard and register to vote in upcoming Chichester District Council elections

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Residents of Chichester District are being reminded to register to vote and ensure their voice is heard in this May’s local elections. Voters will be able to have their say at the ballot box on Thursday 2 May and elect a councillor for every ward in the Chichester District. Parish council elections are also taking place. Following a boundary review by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England, this year’s elections will be the first with 36 seats, a reduction from 48 in the last election in 2015.

Registering only takes five minutes, and can be done online at

“Make sure your voice is heard this election and register to vote before Friday 12 April 2019,” says Diane Shepherd, Chief Executive Officer and Returning Officer at Chichester District Council.  “Councillors make hundreds of important decisions about how your local council services are run each year and are responsible for over 80 different services, many of which impact your life every day.

“It’s especially important to remember to register to vote if you have just turned 18, or if you have moved house recently.”

Anyone who is unable to register online or who may need extra help registering can contact the council’s Elections team to request a form or for other support, by calling 01243 521010 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Residents who will be unable to get to a polling station on Thursday 2 May are also able to apply to vote by post or proxy by contacting the council’s Elections team on the details above or by visiting

Voting by proxy means that a nominated person can vote on someone else’s behalf, if they are unable to vote on the day of the election. This could be because they have a disability that makes it difficult to do so, or if they are working on the day. The deadline for postal vote applications is 5pm on Monday, 15 April and to vote by proxy, it is 5pm Wednesday 24 April.

More information about the upcoming elections is available at

Remember, to vote in the District and Parish Council elections you must be:

  • registered to vote
  • 18 years old or over on polling day; and
  • also be one of the following: a British citizen, a qualifying Commonwealth citizen, or a citizen of the European Union; a resident in the UK; and not be subject to any legal incapacity to vote

The following cannot vote in a council election:

  • anyone other than British, qualifying Commonwealth or European Union citizens
  • convicted persons detained in pursuance of their sentences, excluding contempt of court (though remand prisoners, unconvicted prisoners and civil prisoners can vote if they are on the electoral register)
  • anyone found guilty within the previous five years of corrupt or illegal practices in connection with an election; and
  • anyone registered as an overseas voter

Open Garden Event in Aid of the Bluebell Hub

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BlueBellHubWe are planning an Open Garden Event on the 16th June to help raise funds for the Bluebell Hub and would like to ask anyone interested in opening their garden, however big or smal, or wishing to help with the gardens or teas to contact us.

Please contact either Susan Stiff This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. tel 01730 810437

or Philippa Gibbon This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. tel 07768 816297 if you have any questions.

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