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
- Parsonage Green
- Cross Green
- Earl’s Meadow
- Bruff’s Line
- The Cemetery
- The War Memorial
- The Cricket Pavilion on Great Green
- The children’s playground and equipment on Great Green
- The pond on Great Green
- Bus Shelters
- 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.
As of May 2015:
Derek Southgate (Chairman)
Carl Brinkley (Vice-Chairman)
The Clerk to the Council: Steve Ball
Or write to:
Cockfield Parish Council
Bury St Edmunds
Tel: 01284 828987
Mobile: 07860 268235
|Greens Management Group||Cllr Brinkley (Chairman/Lead Member)|
|Local Needs Housing Group||Cllr Morley (Chairman/Lead Member)
|Planning Consultation Group||Cllr Morley (Chairman//Lead Member)|
|Pavilion Management Group||Cllr Southgate (Chairman/Lead Member)|
|Representatives to External Bodies|
|Suffolk Association of Local Councils (SALC)||Cllr Cutting-Keyton|
|Village Hall Management Committee||Cllr Morley|
|Babergh DC Town and Parish Liaison Meetings||Cllr Cutting-Keyton|
|United Charities: Trustees||Cllr Morgan|
|Emergency Services||Cllr Cutting-Keyton|
|Website Editorial Board||Cllr Portwood|
|Tree Wardens||Cllr Morley|
|Dog Warden||Cllr Ruffell|
|Highways Officer||Cllr Cutting-Keyton|
|Emergencies Officer||Cllr Morgan|
|Litter Warden||Cllr Cutting-Keyton|
|Press Officer||Cllr Portwood|
|Finance Councillor||Cllr Turner|
|Earl's Meadow/||Cllr Williams|
|Glebe Land||Cllr Morley|
|Cemetery Management||Cllr Morgan|
|Play Equipment Working Group (with the Community Council)||Cllr Southgate|
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:
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.
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.