The Battle Town Council area extends to Netherfield and Telham as well as the main town centre. There are 17 Councillors representing 4 separate wards - Watch Oak (8 Members); Marley (5 Members); Netherfield (2 Members) and Telham (2 Members).
We serve a population of just over 6000, of which over 5000 are electors (at December 2011). Our function is to serve those who live and work in the Town Council area. The Council is controlled by Acts of Parliament and we can only do what we have been given a specific power to do by Statute. Specifically we have a wide range of direct responsibilities for matters such as allotments, street lighting, recreation areas and the cemetery. In addition we comment on services provided by many other statutory agencies and organisations including the County and District Councils. In particular we comment on all planning applications and related matters within the Town Council area. For more details of what we do go to the Committees section of the menu. If you want to know more about the other public services provided by the County and District Councils, some of which overlap, go to the County and District Council entries under the useful links and contacts section or select the related media link to the right. Alternatively, go to the Local Authorities - Who Does What section on the left.
Members of the public elect our Councillors every 4 years and they work as a corporate body making decisions for the benefit of the community. The Clerk implements these decisions and provides independent, objective and professional advice, information and administrative support.
We hold Council meetings on the third Tuesday of each month. Dates, times and venues of these meetings are advertised on several notice boards throughout the town. Members of the public are most welcome to attend and speak to Members about any issues during the public session or just sit and listen.
Councillors Surgery - The Chairman of Council will be at the Almonry, by appointment, on the first Thursday of every month at 2.30pm to discuss any issues which residents wish to raise with him. It always be helpful if advance notice could be given of matter to be raised.
Each year we estimate the net running costs of the Council's activities and set a budget. The bulk of this is normally funded through the local element of the Council Tax known as the precept. Our precept for 2012/13 was £187,770. For a breakdown of this figure please go to Accounts and Budget. All expenditure incurred by the Council is properly recorded and audited each year. We keep our local community informed of our activities by publishing an , sent to every household, and a quarterly which is distributed widely.
Meeting Room -Remember that if you are looking for a space to hold meetings for up to 30 people the room at the Almonry can be hired. For local groups the charge is £15 per session. For other groups, including commercial organisations the charge is £40 per session.