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Long Melford Parish Council is monitoring the information issued by central government and the NHS to ensure that its response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic remains in line with national guidance and is as effective as possible. It is also liaising with Babergh District Council, Suffolk County Council, and the National Association of Local Councils, to assist with the implementation of national coronavirus strategies at a local level. Please see our web page ‘COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic‘ for more information.

Please note that, in accordance with government guidance and legislation, it has been necessary to:

● Cancel all of the Council’s scheduled physical meetings. However, the Council is investigating the possibility of holding meetings remotely.

● Close the Parish Offices at Cordell Road to the public. The Council is continuing to conduct its business, however, and can be contacted on Tel. : 01787 378084 / Email: clerk@longmelford-pc.gov.uk .

● Close the public toilets at Cordell Road, Top Green, and the Country Park on public health grounds.

● Close the Cemetery to the public except for funerals. For further information please see Burial Ground Information.


About Long Melford Parish Council
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.

What does your Parish Council do?
The Parish Council is the leaseholder for the two major outdoor facilities in the Village; the Rodbridge Country Park, and the Long Melford Walk (both local nature reserves). 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 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 thirteen elected councillors and four employees. The employees are:
The Parish Clerk, who carries out most legal and administrative duties of the Council.
The Responsible Financial Officer, who is responsible for monetary matters.
The Cemetery Manager, who is responsible for the Council’s cemetery service and maintaining the burial grounds.
The Village Cartaker, who has a number of responsibilites including litter collection.

Both the Full Council and Planning Committee meetings are usually held on the first Thursday of every month. The Parish Council also holds a Budget Meeting in December of each year, and hosts the Annual Parish Assembly, usually held in May. Notice of meetings is posted on the Parish Council Notice Board, situated outside the United Reformed Chirch in Hall Street, and meetings are open for the general public to attend.

Please note that services such as refuse collection and all matters concerning the public highway etc. are operated by either Babergh District Council or Suffolk County Council, with parking enforecment being the respoinsibilty of the police. The Parish Clerk will be happy to advise you regarding which body is responsible for the various services in the village. You can contact the Council through the Parish Clerk on:
Tel. : 01787 378084    /    Email: clerk@longmelford-pc.gov.uk