Parish Councils seek to improve community wellbeing and provide better services at a local level. Their activities fall into three main categories: representing the local community; delivering services to meet local needs; striving to improve quality of life and community wellbeing.
The Council serves, and makes decisions on behalf of, the village and aims to keep everyone informed about important issues and on-going projects. There are seven councillors - they are committed to the wellbeing of Chedburgh and give their time, effort and resources without financial reward.
Councillors are members of the community, elected by the community. Elections take place every four years and the next elections will be in May 2019.
Chedburgh is a village and civil parish in the St Edmundsbury district of Suffolk in eastern England. It is located on and around the A143, about five miles south-west of Bury St Edmunds.
The 2011 census recorded that Chedburgh comprised 251 dwellings and had a population of 597, although there have been some new houses built since then. The village has a hall (The Erskine Centre), a church and a pub. You can find more information about the Village Hall, the Church or the village Pub here.
There are two key issue facing the community at the moment.
The first issue is the closure of the pub and the demolition of ancillary structures and the destruction of some of its infrastructure. Having consulted with residents, the Council faciltated the establishment of a steering group to consider what the community can do to help ensure that the pub re-opens. This led to the establishment of a community interest group (GIG) which is seperate from and independent of, the Council. The CIG is in the process of trying to acquire the pub to run as a community venture.
The second issue arises from the development of an area of former light industrial use, known as the old fireworks factory site. More than 50 houses are being built in total, the majority of them have been completed and occupied and others are still under construction. The plans, as approved by the palnning authority included the provision of an open green space that is free of industrial contamination. Unfortunately the open space is not being maintained and the Council, in conjunction with the Planning Authority's enforcement team, is working to ensure this provision, which will be of value to the new residents as well as existing villagers, is properly maintained. At the same time the developers have failed to finish pavements around the earliest part of the development which has been occupied for almost two years. This represents a safety hazard which the Council is also keen to see rectified without delay.