The Parish Council

A Parish Council is the most locally elected body within the English system of local government. Most were formed by the Local Government Act in 1894 and they look after the interests of those who live within the parish. They have a wide range of powers at their disposal including giving grants to local organisations, promoting tourism, cleaning public places and providing recreational areas such as playing fields and village halls. The most important role is as a statutory consultee on planning matters. The Local Planning Authority has to consult the Council on all Planning Applications within the Parish boundary.

More information on local councils in England, the role of local councillors and what you need to do if you would like to stand as a candidate in local parish or town council elections is available in the Booklets and Resources section on the National Association of Local Councils web site.

Brantham Parish Council is the first tier of a three tier system of local government, with Babergh District Council, (in this area) and Suffolk County Council being the next two tiers, all elected by people within the region.

Our Babergh District Councillors for Alton Ward, are Alastair McCraw and Harriet Steer and their contact details can be found here.

Our Suffolk Councillor is David Wood and his contact details can be found here.

Brantham Parish Council has eleven members elected every four years, the most recent election was held on the 7th May 2015, also the day of the General Election. Being a Parish Councillor is a voluntary position; they receive no payment but they are entitled to receive allowances when they carry out certain "approved duties" outside of the Parish.

The Council employs a Parish Clerk who has responsibility for managing the meetings, dealing with correspondence and over seeing any contracts or purchasing, and a Responsible Finance Officer who is responsible for managing the Parish Council's financial affairs.  The Council also employs two part-time litter pickers who keep Brantham looking its best.

The Council has a set of rules called Standing Orders by which the Council, its elected Members and its Officers conduct their activities. The Standing Orders and the Code of Conduct documents are available here under Documents and Policies along with information about Register of Interests.

The Parish Council delivers a range of services at a community level and their role is to represent the local community, provide services to meet local needs and improve quality of life and community well being.

Parish Clerk: Sarah Keys, 15 Palfrey Heights, Brantham, CO11 1SE

Tel: 07702 490212   e-mail: branthamparishclerk@yahoo.co.uk

2017 - Parish Council meeting dates

Month

Meeting

Date, time and venue

January

Parish Council

04 January, 7.30pm, Brantham Village Hall

Parish Clerk surgery

11 Jan, 10am – 12pm Bakes and Blossoms Café

Planning and Finance Committee

25 January, 7.30pm, Brantham Village Hall

 

February

Parish Council

01 Feb, 7.30pm, Brantham Village Hall

Parish Clerk surgery

09 Feb, 10am – 12pm, Bakes and Blossoms Café

Planning & Finance Committee

22 Feb, 7.30pm, Brantham Village Hall

 

 

Parish Council

01 March,  after APM, Brantham Village Hall

Parish Clerk surgery

09 March, 10am – 12pm, Bakes and Blossoms café

Planning and Finance Committee

22 March, 7.30pm, Brantham Village Hall

 

April

Parish Council

05 April, 7.30pm, Brantham Village Hall

Parish Clerk Surgery

13 April, 10am – 12pm, Bakes and Blossoms café

Planning and Finance Committee

26 April, 7.30pm, Brantham Village Hall

 

May

Annual Parish Council

03 May, 7.30pm, Brantham Village Hall

Parish Clerk surgery

11 May, 10am – 12pm, Bakes and Blossoms Café

Planning and Finance Committee

24 May, 7.30pm, Brantham Village Hall

 

June

Parish Council

07 June, 7.30pm, Brantham Village Hall

Parish Clerk surgery

15 June, 10am – 12pm, Bakes and Blossoms café

Planning and Finance Committee

28 June, 7.30pm, Brantham Village Hall

 

July

Parish Council

05 July, 7.30pm, Brantham Village Hall

Parish Clerk surgery

14 July, 10am – 12pm, Bakes and Blossoms café

Planning and Finance Committee

26 July, 7.30pm, Brantham Village Hall

 

August

Planning and Finance Committee

23 August, 7.30pm, Brantham Village Hall

 

September

Parish Council

06 Sept,  7.30pm, Brantham Village Hall

Parish Clerk surgery

14 Sept, 10am – 12pm, Bakes and Blossoms café

Planning and Finance Committee

27 Sept, 7.30pm, Brantham Village Hall

 

October

Parish Council

04 Oct, 7.30pm, Brantham Village Hall

Parish Clerk surgery

12 Oct, 10am – 12pm Bakes and Blossoms café

Planning and Finance Committee m

25 Oct, 7.30pm, Brantham Village Hall

 

November

Parish Council

01 Nov, 7.30pm, Brantham Village Hall

Parish Clerk surgery

09 Nov, 10am – 12pm, Bakes and Blossoms Café

Planning and Finance Committee

22 Nov, 7.30pm, Brantham Village Hall

 

December

Parish Council

06 Dec, 7.30pm, Brantham Village Hall

Parish Clerk surgery

14 Dec, 10am – 12pm, Bakes and Blossoms café