What does a Parish Council do?

A parish council is the first level of local government and the closest to the community it serves. Blofield Parish Council serves the Parish of Blofield which comprises the villages of Blofield and Blofield Heath.

Blofield Parish Council consists of up to 12 residents from the villages, who give their time and effort freely for the benefit of the community. Members of the Parish Council are normally elected to serve, by the residents of Blofield and Blofield Heath, every 4 years.

The Parish Council is responsible for many things including:

  • Monitoring and reporting on the general tidiness of the village
  • Expressing views and recommendations on local Planning Applications
  • Following the Neighbourhood Plan when considering future development of the Parish

The provision and maintenance of:

  • Bus Shelters
  • Blofield Cemetery
  • The Village signs
  • The Village Clock
  • Public Seating/Benches
  • Litter and Dog Bins

Members of the Parish Council meet once a month at a Parish Council Meeting to discuss, report, monitor and, most importantly, make decisions on matters concerning the villages of Blofield & Blofield Heath. Minutes are produced shortly afterwards and published as draft minutes until approved at the next Parish Council Meeting.

These Meetings are held at either Blofield Courthouse or Heathlands Community Centre once a month at 7.30 pm.  Click for the meeting dates.

In addition to being published on this web site, the Agendas and the venue of meetings are always posted on the 3 village notice boards located by Blofield Village Shop, Blofield Library and Blofield Heath Village Shop.  Members of the public are very welcome and actively encouraged to attend and express their views or concerns on Parish matters.  A ‘Public’ or ‘Open Forum’ time of approximately 15 minutes is set aside at the beginning of the meeting for this.  Don’t miss out, have your say!!

Each year the councillors choose a chairman from amongst their number.  There is also a vice-chairman and a paid parish clerk, who is the Proper Officer and the Responsible Financial Officer of the council.

A Parish Council must hold an annual meeting during May and at least three other meetings during the year.  Parish Councils must provide a set of accounts at the end of each financial year, audited by an internal and an external auditor.

The Parish Council has the power to improve the quality of community life by spending money on things which, in their opinion, are in the interests of the parish or its inhabitants.

Blofield Parish Council is also the focal point for local consultation on matters such as planning applications, borough council strategic planning, schools and roads.   On all these issues the parish councillors represent the parish’s views to other authorities such as district and county councils.

During the years to 2010 the ‘Localism’ agenda has been developing and the role of the Parish, Village and Town Councils is becoming more important. In 2010, the new Coalition Government launched the ‘Big Society’, which is aimed at local communities taking a stronger role in their community and making decisions  It is within this framework that Parish, Village and Town Councils will start to agree what services are needed and wanted.

During this period our Parish Council is more and more being called collectively ‘Local Councils’ with the Districts, Boroughs and the County Councils being referred to as ‘Principal Authorities’.