The next meeting of the Neighhbourhood Plan Committee will be held on Tuesday 13th November 2018 at 7:30pm in Wickham Market Resource Centre, Meeting Room
The next meeting of Wickham Market Parish Council will be held on Monday 19th November 2018 at 7:30pm in Wickham Market Village Hall, Committee Room - Click Here
MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE VERY WELCOME TO ATTEND ALL MEETINGS
All Parish Council meetings are public meetings and members of the public are welcome to attend, observe or speak to the Council. Time for those wishing to speak will be allocated at the start of the meeting or during the meeting at the discretion of the Chairman.
Full Council Meetings are held bi-monthly on the third Monday of January, March, May, July September & November. Notice of meetings are posted on the noticeboard and are open for all residents to attend. There is a 15 minute public session prior to all meetings.
The Parish Council also organsies an Annual Parish Meeting where it presents it own summary of the previous year and invites representatives of clubs, societies and other organisations to present their own reports.
SUFFOLK COASTAL DRAFT LOCAL PLAN
The Suffolk Coastal Local Plan, which covers the period to 2036, contains planning policies and site allocations which will be used to determine planning applications in the area. It will set out the level of growth which needs to be planned for, identify where that growth should be located and how it should be delivered.
To view the Parish Councils response to this consutlation
WICKHAM MARKET NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN
A Neighbourhood Plan Committee has now been formed - Please refer to the Neighbourhood Planning Tab for further details. To see a copy of the Consultation for the Neigbourhood Plan Boundary - Click Here
The Neighbourhood Plan committee have a dedicated website where you will have access to up-to-date information about the development of the plan, the processes used and how you can get involved - www.wickhammarketnp.org.
Click here to go to the SCDC Planning Portal to see the latest planning applications received
The History of Parish Councils
Parish Councils have their origins in Saxon and Norman times. Villages were ruled by the Lord of the Manor and sometimes the villagers all met to make decisions which affected the whole community. Parish Priests and later Schoolmasters took on roles of leadership and by 1601 Church Vestry Meetings were given the responsibility of levying the poor rate. These were the first effective local taxes.
There have been 25 Acts of Parliament over the last two centuries conferring, directly or indirectly, various powers on Parish Councils including Gladstone's 1894 Local Government Act which established them in their modern form as the third tier of Local Government and the 1972 Local Government Act which revised their role substantially.
ABOUT WICKHAM MARKET PARISH COUNCIL
Parish Councils are the most local of all the various local government bodies. The members of the Council are elected by the voters whose names appear on the electoral roll.
Wickham Market Parish Council exercises those powers that they believe are for the benefit of the village.
The main ones are:
Public notices about all meetings are posted in Wickham Market Resource Centre and within the Noticeboard at The Hill.
Agendas with supporting papers for the meetings will be available at least 3 days before the meeting. Draft minutes can also be found on the website along with archive minutes.
Wickham Market Parish Council are committed to actively engage with Parishioners to build a safe, vibrant and thriving community of which everyone can be proud.
We are a forward-looking, professional Council who will always seek to provide a framework to support improved facilities, communications and well-being of the Parish whilst delivering value for money.
The Parish Council has 12 Councillors and three Employees. There is currently one vacancy on the Parish Council which will be filled by the means of a Co-option at a future Council meeting.
Parish Clerk/Responsible Finance Officer: Joanne Peters
Cemetery Clerk: Linda Merriam
Handyman: Roger Messenger
There are also the following Committees:-
Finance & General Purpose - meetings are held when the need arises
Environment & Leisure - meetings are held bi-monthly
Planning - meetings are held as applications are received and agendas are always placed withihn the noticeboard
To view the Council's Standing Orders please Click Here
To view the Council's Financial Regulations please Click Here