Rushmere St Andrew Parish Council consists of 15 Councillors, elected by parishioners on a four-yearly basis. The Councillors represent the residents of the parish and are committed to looking after the needs of the parish along with ensuring the parish is a nice place to live and to ensure that the Parish is run in an efficient way.
The Parish is divided into three electoral wards, Beech Ward south of the A1214 (Woodbridge Road) and east of Linksfield Road with 2 Councillors, Village Ward north of the A1214 (Woodbridge Road) with 3 Councillors and Tower Ward south of the A1214 (Woodbridge Road) with 10 Councillors.
The Parish Council meets on the second Thursday of every other month, with the Parish Amenities and Services Committee meeting on the third Thursday of every other month, the General Purpose and Finance Committee meeting on the Thursday of months that the Parish Council does not meet. The Planning and Development Committee meet when required. Meetings are held at either at Tower Hall or the Village Hall usually starting at 7.30pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend these meetings. Find out more out more about our meetings.
The Parish Council owns and maintains 5 play areas in the Parish. The Play areas in the Tower Ward are Kelvedon Play Area (Kelvedon Drive IP4 5LW), Tower Hall Play Areas (Broadlands Way IP4 5SU) and Broke Hall Playing Field (Salehurst Road IP3 8RY); Chestnut Play Area (Chestnut Close IP5 1ED) in the Village Ward and Yew Tree (Yew Tree Grove IP5 2GL) in the Beech Ward.
The Parish Council also owns and maintains the Rushmere Lawn Cemetery to the rear of the St Andrews Church, The Street and the Allotments along The Street in the Rushmere St Andrew Village.
The Parish Council owns and maintains Limes Pond (The Street), the wildlife strip along The Street and maintains Chestnut Pond (The Street).
The Parish Council employs a Parish Clerk, Mr P Massey and Assistant Clerk, Mrs S Stannard to support its activities. The Clerk and Assistant Clerk are based at the Parish Office, in Tower Hall, 5 Broadlands Way, Tower Hall, IP4 5SU. It is advisable to phone to book an appointment before visiting the office as the staff may not be at the office.