The Village of Duncton


Duncton is a beautiful village nestled against the South Downs in the heart of the magnificent West Sussex countryside. Situated on the A285, we are 11 miles from Chichester and a short hop over Duncton Hill to the sea. Please see our Village Info & Contacts page for a village map and leaflet.

In February 2022 the Parish Council planted an Orchard to celebrate the Queens Jubilee on land to the south-east of the village hall. It was funded by Duncton Parish Council with support from Queens Platinum Jubilee Funds. Please visit the village information page for more information.

The Council
All our councillors are volunteers and are committed to representing their community. They:

  • give views, on behalf of the community, on planning applications and other proposals that affect the parish
  • undertake projects and schemes that benefit local residents
  • work in partnership with other bodies to achieve benefits for the parish
  • alert relevant authorities to problems that arise or work that needs to be undertaken
  • help the other tiers of local government keep in touch with their local communities

We want to work closely with our community and encourage residents to get in touch with us and attend meetings.

*** We need volunteers for a village Community Speed Watch Group but need your support – click here for info ***

Duncton Parish Council forms part of the first tier of local government, elected by our residents to represent the community.
We work closely with Chichester District Council, (CDC), West Sussex County Council (WSCC) and the South Downs National Parks Authority (SDNPA). Our activities fall into three main categories: representing our local community, delivering services to meet local needs, and improving quality of life and community wellbeing.

What is a Parish Council?

  • It is a local authority and sometimes referred to as a Local Council.
  • Is the first tier of local Government and closest to the people
  • It comprises a chairman and councillors
  • Councillors are elected every four years
  • The chairman is elected annually from among the councillors
  • It is a statutory body corporate and acts corporately

What can a Parish Council do?

  • It can only act within the scope of the statutory functions given by Parliament 
  • It can own land and other assets, employ staff, enter into contracts for services, supplies and works 
  • It must appoint an officer to manage its financial affairs 
  • It can raise a tax through a precept and must set a budget for the purpose of revenue (and capital) income and expenditure 
  • It can borrow monies for capital expenditure