The Parish Council is the lowest tier of local government after the District Council and County Council. It is responsible for representing the interests of the local community. It is funded mainly by the precept, which is a small percentage of the Council Tax. Parish Councillors are unpaid. Councillors are elected every four years and the next elections are due in 2007. Any vacancies that arise in the meantime are filled either through a by-election or by co-option.
In Ashurst Wood, the Parish Council was formed in 2000 and consists of nine Councillors. The Council employs a part-time Clerk and part-time village handyman.
The full Parish Council meets ten times a year. The Planning Committee meets regularly to discuss and make recommendations on all planning issues affecting the village, although the final decision is made by Mid-Sussex District Council. The Public Services Committee is responsible for maintaining the village environment and the John Pears Management Committee oversees the management of the Pavilion and the tennis courts. There is also a recently established East Grinstead Strategic Development Action Plan Steering Committee. Members of the public are welcome at all meetings.
Following the Election on 3rd May 2007, your Parish Councillors are:
Chairman: Cllr Don Sinclair
Vice Chairperson: Cllr Jenny Forbes
Cllr Alan Del Mar
Cllr Ian Arnott
Cllr Michael Box
Cllr Paul Bridgland
Cllr Malcolm Elliott
Cllr Brian Phillips
Cllr Jonathan Samways