The Parish Council is the first tier of government in the village and its civil parish. The civil parish is an administrative area comprising the village and surrounding land. The Parish Council can:
Nine Councillors are elected every four years to represent the community, but see below. A Chair and Vice Chair are elected from the Councillors on an annual basis. A Clerk is employed by the council as an advisor, administrator and finance officer.
After two elections in May 2015 only three nominations for councillor were recieved. This was just enough to run a Parish Council. It is possible to co-opt eligible parishioners and six people have since been co-opted. A recent resignation due to ill health leaves the council with another vacancy. Anyone interested in applying to fill this vacancy should contact the Chairman or the Parish Clerk.
The Council is funded from the precept, which is the money collected from local tax payers via the Council tax bill issued by Mid Suffolk District Council, and monies received from its own activities.
Meetings are usually held in the Village Hall, starting at 7:30pm. All meetings are advertised on the village notice board.
Parish Council meetings are public meetings and everyone is welcome to attend. If you want the Council to consider a particular point at a meeting, please inform the Clerk a week before so that she can put it on the agenda, or contact one of the councillors who can also make sure your views are known. There is an opportunity at the beginning of each meeting for bringing up matters of interest with the Council. If you raise or comment on a topic which is on the agenda for that meeting, Councillors will be able to take account of your views when that subject is discussed although you will not normally be able to have any further input yourself. If you speak on a matter which is not on the current meeting agenda, your topic will not be discussed at that council meeting, but the Council may consider including it at a future meeting.