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Welcome to Long Melford Parish Council

What does your Parish Council do?

Long Melford Parish Council is the first tier of government for the parish of Long Melford and is committed to working together with the residents for the benefit of the parish. It is a statutory body and has wide ranging powers and interests, one of which is to ensure that any development within the parish complies with the current Babergh District Council Local Plan and the County Council Structure Plan. It is a focus and a statutory consultee for action and lobbying on roads, village facilities, the environment and other issues that may arise.

The Parish Council is the leaseholder for the two major outdoor facilities in the Village – The Rodbridge Country Park (nature reserve) and the Long Melford Walk (nature reserve).  The maintenance of these two areas is contracted to Long Melford Opens Spaces (LMOS), a Community Interest Company formed by a number of volunteers who give up their time to provide the upkeep of the two areas. The Parish Council operates a number of facilities and services on behalf of the residents of the parish, as described on the ‘Our Services‘ page.

The Council has 13 elected councillors and two full time employees: The Clerk, who carries out the administration and financial duties, and the Cemetery Manager who handles the majority of administration for the cemetery whilst also maintaining the burial grounds. Full Council and Planning Meetings are held the first Thursday of each month. The Parish Council hold a Budget Meeting in December each year and hosts the Annual Parish Meeting, usually held in May.

Notices of meetings are posted on the notice boards in the village and meetings are open for all village residents to attend.

Please note that other services such as refuse collection, highway repairs, etc. are operated by either Babergh District Council or Suffolk County Council. The Parish Clerk will be happy to advise.
You can contact us through the Parish Clerk (details on the Contact Us Page) or at this email address: clerk@longmelford-pc.gov.uk