Stella Shackle


My mother, brother and I moved to Blofield in 1972, when it was a true village!

I worked as a photographer in the School of Fine arts and Music at the University of East Anglia, but then changed career, and qualified as an Occupational Therapist at the Royal London Hospital.

I was persuaded to join the parish council, having developed a keen interest in all aspects of planning, and represented the residents viewpoint at a number of Broadland District Council planning application hearings successfully.

I still care passionately about trying to preserve ‘village life’, but am saddened by the reduced influence local communities have, and that developers appear to have ‘the upper hand’ – we need to consider the potential plight of future generations ever being able to afford their own homes, and the lack of truly affordable and social housing to meet the needs of the young, the elderly and disabled.