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Sompting Parish Council
Sompting Parish Council is one of two civil parish councils in Adur District created in 1894. It stretches from just below the main railway line to the south to Horsham district to the north. To its east is Lancing Parish Council and to the west Worthing Borough. The A27 cuts the parish in half.
The Parish Council has taken the lease for the old community centre, now named Harriet Johnson Centre, in Loose Lane and for the public toilet block on the Sompting recreation ground. The Parish Council Offices are situated within the Harriet Johnson Centre.
The Parish Council has four main committees Finance and General Purposes, Amenities and Environment, Planning and Centre committee. Each month there is a Full Council meeting. Copies of agendas, minutes and further details of these committees can be found via the meetings pages.
The Council has twelve councillors, three in each ward, none of whom accept payment for their time whilst serving on the Council.
Sompting Parish Council is active in improving and maintaining facilities and the general environment for the community of Sompting and the health and wellbeing of its residents. It undertakes projects itself or grant funds and supports projects being completed by volunteer groups and / or charities. It also works with existing providers relating on matters such as highways, recreational and leisure facilities, youth facilities and meeting the needs of the elderly. However, it is restricted by legislation in what powers it has to function by and is careful not to take on responsibilities of the District or County Council e.g. housing and highway issues, instead working with those authorities to secure improvements for the Parish.
The Council is funded through levying a precept on its residents which is collected by the District Council via the council tax.
Sompting Parish Council does not own any land and is not responsible for any public open spaces although it does own some of the bus shelters around the Parish.
The Parish Council employs four staff – the Parish Clerk, Assistant Parish Clerk, the Centre Manager and a Caretaker/Conservation Officer, all working part-time, based at the Harriet Johnson Centre.