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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 7th May 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 with a range of powers, 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 also a statutory consultee for action and lobbying regarding roads, village facilities, the environment and other issues.

The Parish Council is the leaseholder and responsible for two major outdoor recreational amenities in the village; Melford Country Park, and the Long Melford Walk (both local nature reserves). The Parish Council also operates a number of facilities and services on behalf of parish residents, as described on the ‘Our Services‘ page.

The Council has thirteen elected councillors and four employees.
A list of Councillors and their contact details can be found on our webpage here.

The Council’s 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 Cemetery grounds.
The Village Caretaker, who has a number of responsibilites including litter collection.

Both the Full Council and Planning Committee meetings are 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. Under normal circumstances notice of meetings is posted on the Parish Council Notice Board, situated outside the United Reformed Church in Hall Street; this has been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. As a consequence, notice of meetings is currently being posted solely on this website. Full Council and Planning Committee meetings are now being conducted by videoconferening, and remain open to the public for viewing and participation.

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.