ABOUT LONG MELFORD PARISH COUNCIL
Long Melford Parish Council is the first tier of government for the civil parish of Long Melford, and is committed to working with the residents 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 are held on the first Thursday of every month. The Parish Council also holds a Budget Meeting in December of each year. Meeting notices and agendas are posted on the official Parish Council Notice Board, situated outside the United Reformed Church 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 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: email@example.com.