East Chiltington

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East Chiltington
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Blackcap Hill
East Chiltington is located in East Sussex
East Chiltington
East Chiltington
 East Chiltington shown within East Sussex
Area  13.6 km2 (5.3 sq mi) [1]
Population 324 (Electors-2004)[2]
   – density  61/sq mi (24/km2)
OS grid reference TQ389148
   – London  41 miles (66 km) N 
Civil parish East Chiltington
District Lewes
Shire county East Sussex
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LEWES
Postcode district BN7
Dialling code 01273
Police Sussex
Fire East Sussex
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Lewes
Website http://www.eastchiltington.net/
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Coordinates: 50°55′N 0°01′W / 50.92°N 0.02°W / 50.92; -0.02

East Chiltington is a village and civil parish in the Lewes District of East Sussex, England. It is located four miles (5.9 km) south-east of Burgess Hill and five miles (8 km) north-west of Lewes. It is a narrow-shaped parish of some 12 square miles (31 km2) on the northern slope of the South Downs. The village church is 13th century in origin; the vicar also has charge of two churches in Plumpton. Near the church a pub, The Jolly Sportsman stands beside a road upon the line of the Roman Sussex Greensand Way.

Governance[edit]

East Chiltington is governed at the local level by East Chiltington Parish Council which consists of seven councillors meeting every two months. The parish council is responsible for local amenities and planning consent. The May 2007 election was uncontested.[3]

The next level of government is Lewes District Council. The District council supplies services such as refuse collection, planning consent, leisure amenities and council tax collection. East Chiltington is covered by the Plumpton, Streat, East Chiltington and St John (Without) ward which returns a single seat. In the May 2007 election, a councillor from the local Liberal Democrat party was elected.[4]

East Chiltington lies within the Chailey ward for the next tier of government, East Sussex County Council. The ward also includes Chailey, Ditchling, St John Without, Newick, Plumpton, Streat, Westmeston and Wivelsfield. The County Council provides services such as roads and transport, social services, libraries and trading standards. The June 2009 election resulted in a win for the Conservative Meg Stroude.[5]

The UK Parliament constituency for East Chiltington is Lewes. The Liberal Democrat Norman Baker has been serving as the constituency MP since 1997.

At European level, East Chiltington is represented by the South-East region, which holds ten seats in the European Parliament. The June 2004 election returned four Conservatives, two Liberal Democrats, two UK Independence, one Labour and one Green, none of whom live in East Sussex.[6]

Landmarks[edit]

East Chiltington Church

Clayton to Offham Escarpment is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, which stretches from Hassocks in the west and passes through many parishes including East Chiltington, to Lewes in the east. The site is of biological importance due to its rare chalk grassland habitat along with its woodland and scrub.[7]

Blackcap is a 206 metres (676 ft) high hill that is part of the Clayton to Offham Escarpment, and lies within the parish. It forms part of the National Trust Blackcap nature reserve.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "East Sussex in Figures". East Sussex County Council. Retrieved 26 April 2008. 
  2. ^ "Town/Parish Councils - Ratio of Electors to Councillors". Lewes District Council. 11 August 2004. p. 5. Retrieved 7 June 2009. 
  3. ^ "Candidates - Town and Parish Council Elections" (PDF). Lewes District Council. 3 May 2007. Retrieved 7 June 2009. 
  4. ^ "Election Results: 4 May 2007". Lewes District Council. Retrieved 7 June 2009. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Find your councillor". Lewes District Council. Retrieved 7 June 2009. 
  6. ^ "UK MEP's". UK Office of the European Parliament. Archived from the original on 24 January 2007. Retrieved 25 January 2007. 
  7. ^ "Natural England - SSSI (Clayton to Offham Escarpment)". English Nature. Retrieved 5 October 2008. 
  8. ^ "Blackcap". Countryside Sites. Brighton & Hove City Council. Retrieved 7 June 2009.