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Parish Council

The Parish Council is the first tier of local government in the village. The Parish Council can:

  • as a statutory consultee, submit comments on planning applications;
  • offer views on proposals that affect the parish;
  • undertake projects that seek to benefit residents;  
  • support and work in partnership with others to promote village facilities;
  • advise and notify relevant authorities of problems or action that is needed; and  
  • work with other councils and bodies to get the best for local residents.

Nine Councillors are elected every four years to represent the community with a Chair and Vice-Chair elected from the Councillors on an annual basis. A Clerk is employed as an advisor and administrator, and is also the Responsible Financial Officer.

The Council is funded primarily from the precept - money collected through the council tax bill issued by Mid Suffolk District Council. It also receives some income from grants and other activities.

Meetings are held in public every two months in the Village Hall (see the separate page for dates and times) and are advertised on village notice boards and in the "Tostock Chronicle".

Parish Council meetings are public meetings and everyone is welcome to attend. If you want the Council to consider a particular issue then please contact a councillor or the Clerk. There is an opportunity at each meeting for residents to ask questions about items on the agenda for that meeting, and/or to raise comments for the attention of councillors so that your views can be taken into account when that subject is discussed.