Parish Council Role

Cockfield Parish Council represents the first tier of local government and is responsible for the administration of the parish.

By an Act of Parliament it is authorised to raise and spend public money in the parish.  This is called the precept and is collected through the District Council as part of Council Tax.

The Council has 9 members, elected every four years, and is supported by a Clerk who is the officer in law and the financial officer.

The Parish Council meets in the Village Hall ten times a year at 7.30 pm on the last Thursday of every month except August and December.

Members of the public are very welcome to attend and to speak on any matters of concern. These meetings are attended by the Suffolk County Council member, the Babergh District Council member and a representative of the Police.

The Parish Council owns and is responsible for:

  • Great Green
  • The Pocket, Great Green
  • Parsonage Green
  • Cross Green
  • Earl’s Meadow
  • Bruff’s Line
  • The Cemetery
  • The War Memorial
  • The Cricket Pavilion on Great Green
  • Klargester and Heating Unit for Cricket Pavilion
  • The children’s playground and equipment on Great Green
  • Shelter on Great Green
  • The pond on Great Green
  • The Water Pump on Great Green
  • The Beacon and Flag Pole on the Great Green
  • Bus Shelters
  • Telephone Boxes
  • Seats
  • Notice Boards
  • Dog Bins
  • Mini SID (Speed Indicator Device)
  • The Village Minibus
  • The Village Sign

The Parish Council acts as the consultee for all planning applications in the village. It is responsible for the planting and maintenance of trees in public spaces, the maintenance of footpaths and liaising with Suffolk County Council on Highways matters, snow clearance when necessary, and dog fouling. It keeps a watchful eye on other services which may affect parishioners.

From time to time it conducts surveys, with the help of other bodies, to assess needs, with particular reference to affordable and local needs housing.

The Council is a member of the Suffolk Association of Local Councils and sends delegates to quarterly and other meetings. Members attend various training sessions which are arranged by SALC.

An Annual Parish Meeting is held at which the Parish Council, the County Councillor, the District Councillor and the Police together with representatives of the various village organisations give their reports.

Parish Council Members

Derek Southgate (Chairman)
Carl Brinkley (Vice-Chairman)
Janne Cutting-Keyton
Robin Morley
Rodney Portwood
Barbara Ruffell
Ralph Turner
Mark Webster
Rodney Williams
The Clerk to the Council:  Steve Ball

To contact any member of the Cockfield Parish Council, please email JavaScript must be enabled to view this email

Or write to:

Cockfield Parish Council
Green Ridge
Howe Lane
Cockfield
Bury St Edmunds
IP30 0HA

Tel:         01284 828987


Parish Councillor Responsibilities

Working Groups
Greens Management GroupCllr Brinkley (Chairman/Lead Member)
Cllr Morley
Cllr Southgate
Cllr Williams
Local Needs Housing GroupCllr Morley (Chairman/Lead Member)
Cllr Cutting-Keyton
Cllr Ruffell
Cllr Southgate
Cllr Webster
Planning Consultation GroupCllr Morley (Chairman//Lead Member)
Cllr Cutting-Keyton
Cllr Portwood
Cllr Ruffell
Cllr Southgate
Vacancy
Cllr Brinkley (Reserve)
Pavilion Management GroupCllr Southgate (Chairman/Lead Member)
Cllr Brinkley
Cllr Williams
Representatives to External Bodies
Suffolk Association of Local Councils (SALC)Cllr Cutting-Keyton
Village Hall Management CommitteeCllr Morley
Babergh DC Town and Parish Liaison MeetingsCllr Cutting-Keyton
Vacancy
United Charities: TrusteesMr D Bayes
Cllr Morley
Cllr Ruffell
Emergency ServicesCllr Cutting-Keyton
Website Editorial BoardCllr Portwood
Council Officers
Tree WardensCllr Morley
Cllr Williams
Dog WardenCllr Ruffell
Highways OfficerCllr Cutting-Keyton
Emergencies OfficerVacancy
Litter WardenCllr Cutting-Keyton
Press OfficerCllr Portwood
Finance CouncillorCllr Turner
Councillor Portfolio-Holders
FootpathsCllr Turner
Cllr Williams
Earl's Meadow/Cllr Williams
Bruff's Line
Management
Glebe LandCllr Morley
Cemetery ManagementVacancy
Cllr Turner
Play Equipment Working Group (with the Community Council)Cllr Southgate
Cllr Williams
InsuranceCllr Cutting-Keyton

Parish Council Procedures

  Parish Council Financial Regulations

  Parish Council Standing Orders

 

Cockfield Planning & Development Survey Report

In June 2014 Cockfield Parish Council conducted a survey of all households in the Parish, to canvass the opinion of residents regarding growth and development over the period to 2031.

The analysis of the survey responses and the conclusions drawn are presented in a report which can be viewed or downloaded here:

  Cockfield Planning & Development Survey Report 2014

The results of the survey have been lodged with Babergh District Council (our local Planning Authority) and will be held for reference when considering future planning applications.

Emergency Preparedness in Cockfield

Over the past year we have received national news coverage of significant isolation and disruption to communities all over the UK as a result of severe flooding and snowfalls. Locally we have seen disruption caused by industrial and domestic fires.

Fortunately Cockfield has escaped the worst effects of these events, but the continuing news stories remind us of our need to be prepared in case it happens here as well!

Generally, the emergency services, supported by the Local Authority and other agencies, manage and control the response, but clearly there will be times when their resources are stretched and unable to provide immediate support and local self  help may be required.

Community Emergency Plans are intended to help local communities prepare for emergencies in a way that complements and supports the emergency services and other agencies in their responses and, more locally, to enable our own community, if isolated, to think about how we can pull together.

In conjunction with the District Council Emergency Planning Officers, Cockfield Parish Council has produced an Emergency Plan for our village.

The objective is to identify potential problems, for example not only flooding (not a major risk in our village) and heavy snow falls, but also extended power cuts, other extreme weather effects or other events that may leave us isolated and temporarily vulnerable, and to see what resources, skills and equipment could be made available locally to help in emergency situations. We are also keen to identify people or areas particularly at risk so that we can focus help where it is most needed.

We have an Emergency Co-ordinator and we have divided the village into six areas, each of which has its own Area Emergency Co-ordinator who will act as a link between the community and the Co-ordinator. We have identified a number of people who have volunteered their services in the event of an emergency, but we still need the help of everyone in coming forward and volunteering their particular skills which could be helpful in an emergency situation, be it emergency, trade or voluntary work skills, ownership and  proficient users of off roaders / 4x4s, chain saws, lifting gear or generators and so on, or simply those who are prepared to look out for their more vulnerable neighbours.

The Emergency Plan has been lodged with the Suffolk Joint Emergency Planning Team and we will ‘go live’ in the near future and communicate details to the village.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Compliance

  Consent Form

  Data and Records Retention Policy

  Data Protection Policy

  Privacy Notice - General

  Publication Scheme

Data Privacy Protection

For the purposes of the 2018 General Data Protection Regulation, the Parish Council has registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office. A copy of the registration certificate can be viewed or downloaded below:

  Information Commissioner's Registration Certificate

Parish Council Reports

More recent Parish Council Reports are now published as posts with the current version available on the home page and other reports available by using the search bar on the home page. As a future development an additional search capability will be added to this page.

  Publication Scheme

  Privacy Notice - General

  Data Protection Policy

  Data and Records Retention Policy

  Consent Form

  Parish Council Standing Orders

  Parish Council Financial Regulations

  Parish Accounts to Y-E March 2018 - Notice of Public Rights

  Information Commissioner's Registration Certificate

  Parish Council Meeting Agenda, April 2016

  Parish Council Report, January 2016

  Parish Council Report, November 2015

  Parish Council Report, September 2015

  Parish Council Report, July 2015

  Parish Council Report, May 2015

  Parish Council Report, March 2015

  Parish Council Report, January 2015

  Parish Council Report, November 2014

  Cockfield Planning & Development Survey Report 2014

  Parish Council Report, September 2014

  Parish Council Report, July 2014

  Parish Council Report, May 2014

  Parish Council Report, March 2014

  Parish Council Report, Jan 2014

  Parish Council Report, Nov 2013

  Parish Council Report, Sep 2013

  Parish Council Report, July 2013

  Parish Council Report, May 2013

  Parish Council Report, November 2012

  Parish Council Report, September 2012

  Parish Council Report, July 2012

  Parish Council Report, May 2012

  Parish Council Report, March 2012

  Parish Council Report, January 2012

  Parish Council Report, November 2011

  Parish Council Report, September 2011

  Parish Council Report, July 2011