A Parish Council is the bottom tier in the local government structure in England. Next is the District Council (Babergh in our case) and the top tier is currently the County Council (Suffolk).
Shotley Parish Council has nine members elected every four years. Being a Parish Councillor is a voluntary position and unlike their counterparts in the District and County they receive no payment. The Council employs a part time Clerk who has responsibility for managing the meetings, dealing with correspondence and overseeing any contracts or purchasing and a Responsbile Finance Officer who deals with all accounting matters.
A Parish Council has a wide range of powers at their disposal including giving grants to local organisations, promoting tourism, cleaning public places and providing allotments. The most important role is as a statutory consultee on planning matters. The Local Planning Authority consults the PC on all planning applications within the Parish boundary from the smallest conservatory to the HMS Ganges site, other bodies such as the Primary Care Trust also consult us on local issues.
Parish Council meetings are usually held on the 3rd Thursday of each month starting at 7.15 pm. An announcement will be published if this is changed.
Now is your chance to put names to faces, in order to get to know us better.
You can contact Dina about all Parish Council matters by email at Parish.Clerk@shotleyparishcouncil.org or by phoning 01473 788248.
Messages can be left on the answer phone and will be dealt with as soon as possible.
or write to:
Mrs Dina Bedwell
Shotley Parish Clerk
22 Great Harlings
Tel: 01473 788772 (please leave name and contact number only on answerphone)
Tel: 01473 787375
Mob: 07824 167196