Welcome to Wickhambrook

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 …

Parish Clerk’s Report for July/August 2018

Wickhambrook Parish Clerk Report for July/August 2018 including Biscuit Barrel Award, Annual Parish Meeting report from May, Annual Parish Council Meeting, Defibrillators, Skate Park and Litter Pick news, a Welcome Bench, Recent Planning Applications and next Parish Council meeting dates...

2018 Annual Report from County Councillor Mary Evans

Thank you for inviting me to your annual parish meeting. It was an honour last May to be re-elected as the County Councillor for Clare. I hugely appreciate the trust and confidence you have placed in me and will do my utmost to live up to it. As you know, I always strive to be candid with you so you won’t be surprised when I start this annual report by talking about highways – and more specifically potholes...

Parish Clerk’s Report for May/June 2018

Wickhambrook Parish Clerk Report for May/June 2018 including public access defibrillator update, cancelled litter pick, donation to School for play bark, refurbishment of skate park, vacancy for lay member, cemetery update, Annual Parish Meeting, Recent Planning Applications and next Parish Council meeting dates...

The Parish Council

PARISH CLERK

Sonya Thorburn

Serendipity, Coltsfoot Green, Wickhambrook, Newmarket, Suffolk. CB8 8UW

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

01440 821861

CHAIRMAN

Paul Couzens

01440 821017

VICE CHAIRMAN

John Barton

SALC Area Meetings

01440 820650

COUNCILLORS

Jeff Claydon

01440 820327

Mary Jolland

website representative

01440 820949

Kerry Merritt

01440 820808

Jane Midwood

01440 820360

Kate Sammons

01440 821991

Julian Wilson

United Charities Representative

01440 820395

ESTATES COMMITTEE

CHAIRMAN

Kate Sammons

01440 821991

John Barton

01440 820650

Kerry Merritt

01440 820327

Julian Girling

     Tree Warden

lay member

Andy Harris

lay member

Roger Merry

lay member

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

Serendipity, Coltsfoot Green, Wickhambrook, Newmarket, Suffolk. CB8 8UW

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

01440 821861

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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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