Dove Cottage, IP14 6QW
Who are the current Parish Councillors?
Gina Helm - Chair
12 Bloomfield Way, Debenham, IP14 6SJ
Declaration of interests (coming soon)
2 Clover Court, Debenham, IP14 6SG
The New House, Little London Hill, Debenham, IP14 6PN
23 High Street, Debenham, IP14 6QL
Support to the Parish Council
Mrs Dina Bedwell
Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer
Office hours: Monday, Tuesday and Friday 9.30am to 3.30pm
01473 787861 (messages may be left on answer machine)
Mrs Deborah Sage
What have you set the precept at for 2022/23?
Accounts: The budget for 2022/2023 has been approved, with Receipts standing at £100,647 and Payments at £135,512. The effective management of our finances was expected to result on an underspend in certain cost centres. This would increase general reserves to a level which would enable projected increases to be absorbed without additional pressure being placed on taxpayers.
The precept for 2022/2023 was set at £80,675. As a result of the small increase in tax base, the Council would receive an additional £1,989, but with a nil percentage increase year-on-year
When do you meet?
The Debenham Parish Council meets every third Monday of the month (except during August) at 7.30pm in Dove Cottage next to the Church in the High Street.
The public are very welcome to attend these meetings and may ask questions during the 10 minute public sessions that are scheduled close to the beginning and end of each Parish Council Meeting.
Open surgeries are held on pre-scheduled Wednesday mornings (approximately every three months) at Dove Cottage where the public has a chance to meet Parish Councillors to discuss matters that may concern them.
Future meeting dates for the remainder of 2022 are published here.
There is also an Annual Parish Meeting, and the public are allowed to participate during this meeting.
How do I become a Parish Councillor?
Elections are held every four years. Any householder may put him/herself up for election at that time, or during a term when vacancies occur. We will detail how you can put your name forward when vacancies arise or there is notification of a local election.
What are the responsibilities of the Parish Council?
The Parish Council reviews and sets a budget annually (called the precept) which is levied through Mid Suffolk District Council (in your council tax bill)
The intermediate council between the Parish and County Councils is Mid Suffolk District Council
The Parish Council is allowed by law to provide public conveniences and can prosecute noise makers or litter bugs. The Parish council also maintains the allotments and St Mary's Churchyard and clock, the cemetery and the play areas.
It has the right to be notified of any planning application affecting the area and to make comments to the planning authority.
It assists Suffolk County Council in the maintenance of public footpaths and bridleways and undertakes the maintenance and provision of street lighting.
What committees do each Councillor sit on? What responsibilities do they have?
Details of who sits on which group and committee can be found by clicking here
Where can I find more details of the Parish Council meetings and what has been discussed and agreed at them?
Approved meeting minutes are available on this website following approval at the next meeting.
Meeting summaries will (usually) be available shortly after each meeting, and will be published on this website, in the Parish Magazine and displayed on the Parish Notice Board in the High Street.
Future meeting dates are published on the Useful documents & reports page.
Any queries re Parish Council, or requests for Parish Council minutes prior to 2008, can be directed to the Parish Clerk,
Dina Bedwell, 01473 787861, firstname.lastname@example.org