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 Paul Clover.
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
- Notice Boards
- Dog Bins & Litter Bins
- Mini SIDs (Speed Indicator Devices)
- Defibrillator at the Village Hall
- Grass Cutting Equipment
- 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
Ian Levett (Chairman)
Janne Cutting-Keyton (Vice-Chairman)
The Clerk to the Council: Steve Ball
To contact any member of the Cockfield Parish Council, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Or write to:
Cockfield Parish Council
Bury St Edmunds
Tel: 01284 828987
|Greens Management Group
|Cllr J Brinkley Chairman/Lead Member)
|Local Needs Housing Group
|Cllr Morley Chairman/Lead Member)
|Planning Consultation Group
|Cllr Cutting-Keyton Chairman//Lead Member)
|Cllr J Brinkley (Reserve)
|Pavilion Management Group
|Cllr J Brinkley
|Neighbourhood CIL Working Group
|Cllr Morley (Chairman/Lead Member)
|Representatives to External Bodies
|Suffolk Association of Local Councils (SALC)
|Village Hall Management Committee
|Babergh DC Town and Parish Liaison Meetings
|United Charities: Trustees
|Mr T Box (Chairman)
|Mrs B Ruffell
|Mr D Bayes
|Revd Canon S Potter
|Website Editorial Board
|Mr S Ball
|Mr S Ball
|Mr S Ball
Parish Council News
Neighbourhood CIL Report 2022-23
The Certified Cockfield Parish Neighbourhood CIL Expenditure Report to year end 31st March 2023 has been submitted to BMSDC and is available to view via the attached link.
Notice of Public Rights & AGAR 2022-23
Notice of Public Rights & publication of Unaudited Annual Governance & Accountability Return for the year ended 31 March 2023 is available to view via the attached link.
Parish Council Procedures
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.
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Compliance
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 current registration certificate can be viewed or downloaded below:
Attendance at Parish Council Meetings
Parish Council and Annual Parish Meeting Dates
Meeting Dates 2023/24
27th April 2023 – Ordinary Meeting of the Parish Council
11th May 2023 – Annual Meeting of the Parish Council (AGM)
25th May 2023 – Extraordinary Meeting of the Parish Council
25th May 2023 – Annual Parish Meeting (Not a Parish Council Meeting)
29th June 2023 – Ordinary Meeting of the Parish Council
27th July 2023 – Ordinary Meeting of the Parish Council
August – No Ordinary Meeting of the Parish Council scheduled
28th September 2023 – Ordinary Meeting of the Parish Council
19th October 2023 – Ordinary Meeting of the Parish Council
30th November 2023 – Ordinary Meeting of the Parish Council
5th December 2023 – Extraordinary Meeting of the Parish Council
Meeting Dates 2024/25
5th January 2024 – Extraordinary Meeting of the Parish Council
25th January 2024 – Ordinary Meeting of the Parish Council
29th February 2024 – Ordinary Meeting of the Parish Council
28th March 2024 – Ordinary Meeting of the Parish Council
25th April 2024 – Ordinary Meeting of the Parish Council
16th May 2024 – Annual Parish Meeting (Not a Parish Council Meeting)
23rd May 2024 – Annual Meeting of the Parish Council (AGM)
27th June – Ordinary Meeting of the Parish Council
25th July 2024 – Ordinary Meeting of the Parish Council
August – No Ordinary Meeting of the Parish Council scheduled
26th September 2024 – Ordinary Meeting of the Parish Council
31st October 2024 – Ordinary Meeting of the Parish Council
28th November 2024 – Ordinary Meeting of the Parish Council
December 2024 – No Ordinary Meeting of the Parish Council scheduled
Agendas of Parish Council Meetings
Approved Minutes of Parish Council meetings
Village Welcome Pack