About Melton 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, just as district and county councillors are chosen.
Each sort of local authority has a range of responsibilities, the things that it must do, and powers, the things that it may do. It is often difficult to see which authority is responsible for which activity. Reference can be made to the websites for the Suffolk Coastal District Council and the Suffolk County Council for details of their functions and authority.
Parish Councils have few actual duties but they have a wide range of powers. Melton Parish Council exercises those powers that they believe are for the benefit of the village. The main ones are:
- Liaising with local authorities on behalf of the parish
- Responding to planning applications
- Managing the playing fields, the pond and Burkes Wood
- Maintaining the bus shelters
- Organising the annual parish meeting
- Offering grants and donations to local societies and charities
- Overseeing the website
The Council is told about all applications for planning permission and makes comments and recommendations that are considered by the District Council, which is the planning authority.
The full parish council meets on the second Wednesday of every other month, currently in the hall of Melton Primary School. The meetings are held in public and electors from the parish of Melton are warmly invited to attend. There is always an open forum item on the agenda where you can raise issues or concerns with your councillors and question them on matters of local interest.
Public notices about the meetings are posted in various locations throughout Melton including the council notice boards outside the Burness Parish Room, on Melton Road, in the Bredfield Road Bus Shelter, outside Woodbridge Primary School and on St Audry's Park Road. They are also available on this website and through the Parish Council E-NEWS service [click on E-NEWS on the left hand column of this page to sign up]
The council has several committees set up to carry out detailed work on a number of subjects; these are Finance, Employment & Risk Management, Planning & Transport and Recreation. These committees meet on a regular basis with all meeting being held in public. They are currently meeting at Cloghan's Bungalow, at the Suffolk Coastal DC Melton Hill site. Again electors from Melton are warmly welcome to attend any of these committee meetings. There is also an open forum at each committee meeting to enable you to ask specific questions about the work of that committee. The council also has a number of working groups where local residents are encouraged to join councillors in matters such as affordable housing, divestment and a strategy for young people.
Agendas with supporting papers for the meetings will be available at least 3 days before the meeting. Draft minutes will also be found by clicking on the link [left]. Archive minutes and archive papers from previous meetings can also be found by clicking on the archive links [left].
Meeting dates up to May 2016 are as follows:
13 May 2015
8 July 2015
9 September 2015
11 November 2015
13 January 2016
9 March 2016
11 May 2016
FINANCE, EMPLOYMENT & RISK MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
10 June 2015
12 August 2015
14 October 2015
9 December 2015
10 February 2016
13 April 2016
PLANNING & TRANSPORT COMMITTEE
20 May 2015
17 June 2015
15 July 2015
19 August 2015
16 September 2015
21 October 2015
18 November 2015
16 December 2015
20 January 2016
17 February 2016
16 March 2016
20 April 2016
24 June 2015
26 August 2015
28 October 2015
23 December 2015
24 February 2016
27 April 2016
ANNUAL PARISH MEETING
4 May 2016
Current News Items
2015 Police Survey
In light of government cuts to policing budgets, University Campus Suffolk is working with police in Suffolk and Norfolk as part of the evidence based policing approach to ask the public about their opinions on crime and anti-social behaviour, and their experiences and encounters with police. The results from this survey will feed into the Police change programmes in Norfolk and Suffolk to inform the review and redesign of policing to meet the financial challenge whilst continuing to provide an effective and efficient police service.
The link to the survey is as follows:
Annual Parish Meeting
The 2015 Annual Parish Meeting was held on 29 April at 7pm in the hall at Melton Primary School.
For the agenda <click here>
- 2015 Chairman's report <click here>
Neighbourhood Planning Notice
The Neighbourhood Planning [General] Regulations 2012 [Article 7].
In accordance with the above Regulations, notice is hereby given that Suffolk Coastal District Council has APPROVED the neighbourhood plan for Melton.
Melton Level Crossing, Wilford Bridge Road: None notified at present
Alternative route: A1152, A12, A1094, A1069 and vice versa.
For a diversion route:-
Saddlemakers Lane: 19 August 2015 to 21 August 2015 for cabling works
Alternative route: B1438, A1152, A12 and vice versa.
For a diversion route:-
Parking Restrictions - Car Boot Sales
For details of restrictions to be applied to Melton Road near to the entrance to the playing field on dates when car boot sales are to be held during 2015, please see the Current Events section of this Website.
Local public transport guide - July 2015
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