Parish Council

PLEASE NOTE – Following advice received from Suffolk Association of Local Councils and the National Association of Local Councils, Peter Royce, Chairman of the parish council has decided to suspend all physical meetings of the council for the time being to protect councillors and residents.

The parish council will meet as needed for essential business such as cheque signing. The dates of the 2020 meetings may change but all meetings will be notified on this website a minimum of 3 clear days in advance. The parish council is hoping to resume public meetings as soon as it is possible and safe to do so.

The Parish Council is elected every four years; the next election is in 2023. A list of current councillors appears here. The Council meets on the the second Tuesday of January, March, May, July, September and November. Meetings take place in the Community Centre, from 7.30pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend. Time is made available for the public to meet councillors and put questions to them before the meeting proceeds to formal business. Meetings typically receive reports from Suffolk Constabulary and from our local county councillor, Karen Soons

The council discusses planning applications, transport and other issues of concern to the village. The council receives modest funding from precepts and grants from other authorities. It uses those funds to maintain the railway line walk, cut grass areas the village and carry out other projects that benefit the parish. In recent years the council has paid for grit bins around the parish, refurbished a playground in Great Whelnetham and replaced windows in the community centre. Currently the council is interested in establishing whether there is demand for a dedicated cycle path from the village to Bury, and in engaging more directly with local residents, which is one of the objectives of this site.