Parish Councils make all kinds of decisions on issues that affect the local community. It is the most locally elected body within the English system of local government. 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.
Tattingstone 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 Councillor for Alton Ward is Jane Gould and our Suffolk Councillor is David Wood.
What is a Parish Council?
The Council has a set of rules called Standing Orders by which the Council, its elected Members and its Officers conduct their activities.
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.
Why become a Parish Councillor?
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 overseeing any contracts or purchases. Jane Connell-Smith is Tattingstone's Parish Clerk and her contact details can be found below.
If you've never been to a Parish Council meeting before, you may be forgiven for thinking that Parish Councillors are a group of people who meet now and then in a draughty village hall. Wrong! We meet in a warm, inviting village hall that’s regularly attended by people in the community seeking support and guidance on various village matters.
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 a local parish or town council elections is available in the Booklets and Resources section on the National Association of Local Councils website.
Seeing your community change for the better, as a result of decisions you have helped make as a Parish Councillor, is something that can give you a sense of real achievement and pride. Interested? In the first instance contact:
Parish Clerk – Jane Connell-Smith
Tel: 01473 327865