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Further to the provisions of The Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020, on 15th April 2020 the Councillors unanimously agreed to continue in their current positions on the Council and its committees, sub-committees and working groups until 07/05/2021. As a consequence of the above, Cllr. John Nunn and Cllr. Jayne Lines will continue in their respective positions as Chair and Vice Chair of Long Melford Parish Council until 07/05/2021.

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 for the Council.
The Responsible Financial Officer, who is responsible for monetary matters.
The Cemetery Manager, who is responsible for the Parish Council Cemetery Service and maintaining the Burial Ground.
The Village Caretaker, 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 Church in Hall Street, and on this website, 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, fall under the jurisdiction of either Babergh District Council or Suffolk County Council, while civil parking enforcement is the responsibility of West Suffolk Council. The Parish Clerk will be happy to advise you regarding which body is responsible for the various services available in the village. You can contact the Council through the Parish Clerk on:
Tel.: 01787 378084    /    Email: clerk@longmelford-pc.gov.uk