Wickhambrook Parish Council

Parish Council Meetings are open to the public so why not come along? You may or may not enjoy it but you should find it interesting and at least it will keep the Councillors, your representatives, on their toes

Wickhambrook is allocated 8 Parish Councillors who are elected for a period of four years or co-opted to fill vacancies as necessary. The Parish Clerk is employed by the Parish Council to undertake the Council’s administration.

Wickhambrook is one of the parish’s of St Edmundsbury Borough Council and Suffolk County Council.

Latest Parish Council Events…

Latest Parish Council news …

A Note from your Clerk – November 2021

A Note from your Clerk – November 2021

It has been a busy summer for me, with work on all our on-going projects, a meeting of the Estates Committee in August and an Extra Ordinary of the Parish Council on 8th September to consider the proposed agreement with Community Action Suffolk to take forward the Housing Needs Survey…

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Be part of the future of Wickhambrook

Be part of the future of Wickhambrook

Can you spare 5 hours a month? Do you want to affect real change and become a voice for your community? Be part of the decision making, comment on local planning applications, help with community projects and ensure we make Wickhambrook an even better place to live…

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Information from West Suffolk Families & Communities Team

Suffolk Says Keep Learning is supporting people to learn new skills and techniques to help them to be aware of how they’re feeling and what to do to stay well… There are five events, co-hosted by Suffolk MIND, Onelife Suffolk, The Greenlight Trust and Girlguiding Suffolk, taking place over the next two months, covering a range of different topics…

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A Note from your Clerk – September 2021

A Note from your Clerk – September 2021

It has been a busy summer for me, with work on all our on-going projects, a meeting of the Estates Committee in August and an Extra Ordinary of the Parish Council on 8th September to consider the proposed agreement with Community Action Suffolk to take forward the Housing Needs Survey…

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Reporting Problems in Wickhambrook

Reporting Problems in Wickhambrook

Don’t forget that if you have any concerns regarding highways or footpaths and byeways (for example, hedgecutting, pot holes and flooding), you can log these with Suffolk County Council, who are responsible for these function, through their report a problem page…

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Free to a good home

Free to a good home

The old white waterbutts are tucked just inside the cemetery entrance next to the lock down bin.  If anyone would like to recycle them, they are going free to a good home…

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Co-Option of Parish Councillors

Co-Option of Parish Councillors

Wickhambrook has two vacancies on its parish council which can now be filled by co-option. If you would like to become a councillor, have a look at some of the sources of information we’ve put together here, and chat with our Councillors to find out more about what it involves!

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The Parish Council

ESTATES COMMITTEE

Our Parish Council contact info on the Borough website

There is now a facility on the Borough Council’s website to show Parish Council information.

This includes the contact details for each Parish Clerk and is provided under the Borough Council’s obligation to fulfil their statutory duty under the Localism Act 2011 of making Register of Parish Council Members’ Interests available for public inspection on their website.

This information can be found by following this link to the Wickhambrook Parish Council’s pages on the Borough website.

Contact the Parish Clerk

Contact info for the Parish Clerk or please complete the short form and we will be in touch.

Parish Clerk

123 York Road, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. IP33 3EG

(if you wish to correspond directly with one of the Parish Councillors, then please contact the Clerk for details).

07508 039810

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Wickhambrook Parish Council

About the Parish Council

The Parish Council is responsible for the upkeep of Parish Council property. This includes the Cemetery Chapel, the Children’s Playground, the lower part of the Recreation Ground, known locally as ‘The Six Acres’, and the new ‘Teen Project’ skate park and games facility. Also for the cutting of the grass and trimming of the hedges of the village greens, the Cemetery and the All Saints Churchyard. In addition the Parish Council takes responsibility for the grass cutting and hedging of the whole of the Recreation Ground and the areas around the Memorial Social Centre and the WI Hall. The Parish Council is also consulted on various Borough and County Council policies as well as planning applications.

Responsibility for the day-to-day maintenance of the Parish Council’s property is delegated to an Estates Committee. This committee is comprised of four Parish Councillors and four non-voting lay members.

The cost of meeting the Parish Council’s responsibilities, as well as other administrative costs, is met by the Parish Precept, a local portion of Council Tax, plus grants from the Borough Council. The Parish Council is responsible for setting the annual Precept based on a budget for the forthcoming financial year.

The Parish Council meets monthly, the Estates Committee meets every second month (i.e. not monthly) and a notice of each meeting is posted on the Parish Notice Board at Thorns Corner. All meetings are open to the public who are invited to speak on issues of concern. The Parish Council acts as one body, decisions being made by majority vote. Minutes of meetings, once they have been confirmed as a true record, are posted on the Parish Notice Board. The local Borough and County Councillors attend most full Parish Council meetings and the Community SNT Officer attends when duties allow.

The Chairperson of the Parish Council is elected at the Annual Parish Council Meeting, which is normally held in May. At this meeting representatives to other village organisations, such as the Memorial Social Centre Committee and the United Charities, and to outside organisations are made.

An Annual Parish Meeting has to be held between 1st April and 31st May each year. This is not a Parish Council meeting, although the chair must be taken by the Chairperson of the Parish Council if present, it is an assembly for all members of the parish to express their views and concerns.

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