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To assist with limiting the spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, anyone needing to visit the Council’s offices for some reason that cannot be dealt with by telephone, email or letter, should contact the Clerk for an appointment. Unfortunately, unannounced ‘drop-in’ visits will not be possible.

Where a meeting on the premises is arranged, the Council will request the co-operation of visitors by their continuing to observe the following measures.
1.  Visitors will be required to wear a face mask or shield and maintain a two metre distance from Council staff.
2. Visitors must not attend Parish Council premises or facilities if they, or somebody they live with, has Covid symptoms, or tested positive for COVID-19, or been told to self-isolate by a regional health body Test /  Trace / Protect service, or have arrived in the UK from a red list country and not undergone or are currently undergoing a period of required quarantine.

An outbreak of avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1, commonly known as bird flu, has been recorded at a poultry premises near Great Cornard. A 3km Protection Zone and a 10km Surveillance Zone have been established around the infected premise to limit the risk of the disease spreading.
A Prevention Zone is also currently in force across the entire UK and all poultry keepers – whether commercial farmers or those with a small backyard flock – are currently required by law to house poultry or otherwise keep them separate from wild birds, to reduce the risk of the disease spreading.

For advice for poultry keepers, and to report a suspicion of diseased animals, call the Defra Rural Services Helpline on Tel. 03000 200301. Housing and separation requirement non-compliance can be reported to Trading Standards on Tel. 0808 223 1133. To help it plot the spread of the disease, dead wild birds should be reported to Defra on Tel. 03459 335577 . Public Health England advises that the risk to people from the virus is very low, and the Food Standards Agency has stated that bird flu poses no food safety risk for UK consumers.

Long Melford Parish Council is the first tier of government for the civil parish of Long Melford, and is committed to working for the benefit of the parishioners. It is a statutory body and legal entity with a range of powers granted to it by Parliament, including the authority to raise money through taxation (the council tax precept), and spending public money on behalf of the community. It is also a statutory consultee regarding planning matters within the parish, although it has no decision making powers. However, it can make representations to the Planning Authority to try and ensure that developments within the parish comply with the  Neighbourhood Plan, the Babergh District Council Local Plan, and the Suffolk County Council Structure Plan. It can also lobby for action regarding roads, village facilities, the environment and other issues. The Council’s actions, strategies and policies are determined by the majority decisions of its Councillors, who are elected by the parishioners every four years.

The Parish Council leases two major outdoor recreational amenities from Suffolk County Council; Melford Country Park, and the Melford Walk, both of which are designated 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 or co-opted 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.

Full Parish Council meetings and Parish Council Planning Committee meetings usually are held on the first Thursday of every month, starting at 7:00pm.  Meeting notices and agendas are posted on the official Parish Council Notice Board, situated outside the old United Reformed Church building in Hall Street, and on this website. Meeting minutes are published on this website, and are also available from the Parish Clerk on request.

Please note that many services in the parish are the responsibility of other authorities. Refuse collection is the responsibility of Babergh District Council, and all matters concerning the public highway fall under the jurisdiction of Suffolk County Council including general maintenance, pothole repair, road signs and markings, parking restrictions and drain clearance. Parking regulation enforcement is the responsibility of West Suffolk Council, while Suffolk Constabulary remains responsible for dangerous parking and moving traffic violations (including speeding). 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.

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