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 (Ordinary Parish Council Meetings) in the Village Hall ten times a year at 7.30 pm normally on the last Thursday of every month (except August and December). The Parish Council meet on an ad-hoc basis (Extraordinary Parish Council Meetings or Planning Sub-Committee Meetings) as required.

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, Cllr Robert Lindsay and the Babergh District Council member(s) Lavenham Ward, Cllr Margaret Maybury and/or Cllr Clive Arthey.

The Parish Council owns and is responsible for:

  • Great Green
  • The Pocket, Great Green
  • Parsonage Green
  • Cross Green
  • Earl’s Meadow
  • Jeffreys Green
  • Glebe Land & Allotments
  • Bruff’s Line
  • The Cemetery
  • The War Memorial
  • The Pavilion and Storage Barn on Great Green
  • Klargester and Heating Unit for Pavilion
  • The children’s Adventure Playground and equipment on Great Green
  • Bandstand 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
  • Storage Sheds in Earls Meadow
  • Seats
  • Notice Boards
  • Dog Bins & Litter Bins
  • Mini SIDs (Speed Indicator Devices)
  • Defibrillator at the Village Hall
  • 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 and District Councillor(s), together with representatives of the various village organisations give their reports. The latest Agenda, Minutes and Reports are available on XXXX

Parish Council Members

Derek Southgate (Chairman)
Carl Brinkley (Vice-Chairman)
Joe Brinkley
Janne Cutting-Keyton
Andrew Golding
Ian Levett
Robin Morley
Ralph Turner
Mark Webster
The Clerk to the Council:  Steve Ball

To contact any member of the Cockfield Parish Council, please email

Or write to:

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

Tel:         01284 828987

Parish Councillor Responsibilities

Working Groups
Greens Management GroupCllr C Brinkley Chairman/Lead Member)
Cllr Morley
Cllr Southgate
Cllr Golding
Local Needs Housing GroupCllr Morley Chairman/Lead Member)
Cllr Cutting-Keyton
Cllr Webster
Cllr Southgate
Planning Consultation GroupCllr Southgate Chairman//Lead Member)
Cllr Cutting-Keyton
Cllr Morley
Cllr Webster
Cllr Levett
Cllr C Brinkley (Reserve)
Pavilion Management GroupCllr Southgate Chairman/Lead Member)
Cllr C Brinkley
Cllr Levett
Cllr Golding
Neighbourhood CIL Working GroupCllr Morley (Chairman/Lead Member)
Cllr C Brinkley
Cllr Cutting-Keyton
Cllr Southgate
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
United Charities: TrusteesMr T Box (Chairman)
Cllr Morley
Mrs B Ruffell
Mr D Bayes
Revd Canon S Potter
Emergency ServicesCllr Cutting-Keyton
Website Editorial BoardMr S Ball
Council Officers
Tree WardenCllr Morley
Dog WardenCllr Cutting-Keyton
Highways OfficerCllr Cutting-Keyton
Emergencies OfficerCllr Webster
Litter WardenCllr Cutting-Keyton
Press OfficerCllr Southgate
Bank SignatoriesCllr Southgate
Cllr Morley
Cllr Cutting-Keyton
Cllr Webster
Finance CouncillorCllr Turner
Councillor Portfolio-Holders
FootpathsCllr Webster
Earl's Meadow/Cllr Morley
Bruff's LineCllr Morley
Glebe LandCllr Webster
Cllr Levett
Cllr Morley
Cllr C Brinkley
Cemetery ManagementCllr Turner
Play Equipment Working Group (with the Community Council)Cllr Southgate
Cllr Golding
InsuranceCllr Cutting-Keyton
Cllr Levett
Mr S Ball
Speed CamerasCllr Turner
Rod Williams
Pavilion LettingsCllr Golding

Parish Council News

The Certified Cockfield Parish Neighbourhood CIL Expenditure Report to year end 31st March 2021 has been submitted to BMSDC and is available to view via the attached link.

  Neighbourhood CIL Annual Expenditure Report 2020-2021

Notice of Public Rights & publication of Unaudited Annual Governance & Accountability Return for the year ended 31 March 2021  is available to view via the attached link.

  Exercise of Public Rights to the AGAR 2020-21 and Accounts

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

Parish Council Reports of meetings are now published as posts on the home page.  Full copies of Minutes of Parish Council meetings are available on request from the Clerk, please email

  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