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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 last ones were on the 4th May 2023. The Council works closely with the District Council (West Suffolk Council) on matters such as planning issues, refuse issues, grass cutting, trees and verges and with the County Council on such matters as Highways, pot holes, signage and speeding issues.
Chedburgh is a village and civil parish in the West Suffolk district 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 over 50 new houses built since then. The village has a hall (The Erskine Centre) and a church. There are several community groups that meet in the hall regularly. The Erskine Centre is run by a group of pro-active volunteers. The playing field and playground equipment situated next to the hall is owned and maintained by the Parish Council. Since 2022 there is also a very active Wildlife Friendly Chedburgh group who are making the green spaces around the village more friendly to wildlife. The Parish Council supports this group as does West Suffolk Council.
There are two key issue facing the community at the moment.
The first issue arises from the development of an area of former light industrial use, known as the old fireworks factory site which was renamed by the developer as Mulberry Park but is now known as Silver Tree Way. The houses were completed in 2017 and the plans, as approved by the planning authority, have not been fully adopted by Suffolk County Council. The Parish Council is working in conjunction with West Suffolk Council and Suffolk County Council to rectify this issue. The land at the end of the development is now maintained by the Parish Council and is becoming a firm favourite for dog walkers and families.
The second issue is the speeding vehicles through the outskirts of the vilalge along the A143. The Parish Council has purchased a new Vehicle Activated Speeding (VAS) machine to capture vehicles speeds. Once data has been collected the Parish Council will ask the Suffolk Police Speed Team to attend with their speed cameras.