Parish Council

The Role of Parish Councils

The next meeting of Wickham Market Parish Council will be held on Monday 15th January 2018 - Agenda to follow


A Neighbourhood Plan Committee has now been formed - Please refer to the Neighbourhood Planning Tab for further details.  To see a copy of the Consultation for the Neigbourhood Plan Boundary - Click Here

The Neighbourhood Plan committee are currently creating a dedicated website where you will have access to up-to-date information about the development of the plan, the processes used and how you can get involved. The site is still under construction but you can see all the latest information on our holding page

 To get the official line on neighbourhood planning click on the following link

 What is Neighbourhood Planning?


 We’re looking for help - feeling inspired?

You can be part of this exciting time by joining our team as a member of one of our Working Groups. Each group will focus on different topics some of which may be of interest to you. Bring us your experience, meet others and have some fun. It’s important work and it’s a big part of the future for Wickham Market, contact us now to register your interest:

Jo Peters, Clerk to the Parish Council


Tel: 01394 459400

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Click here to go to the SCDC Planning Portal to see the latest planning applications received


The History of Parish Councils

Parish Councils have their origins in Saxon and Norman times.  Villages were ruled by the Lord of the Manor and sometimes the villagers all met to make decisions which affected the whole community.  Parish Priests and later Schoolmasters took on roles of leadership and by 1601 Church Vestry Meetings were given the responsibility of levying the poor rate.  These were the first effective local taxes.

There have been 25 Acts of Parliament over the last two centuries conferring, directly or indirectly, various powers on Parish Councils including Gladstone's 1894 Local Government Act which established them in their modern form as the third tier of Local Government and the 1972 Local Government Act which revised their role substantially.

Wickham Market Parish Council are committed to actively engage with Parishioners to build a safe, vibrant and thriving community of which everyone can be proud.

We are a forward-looking, professional Council who will always seek to provide a framework to support improved facilities,

communications and well-being of the Parish whilst delivering value for money.

Wickham Market Parish Council, is a tier of local government for the parish of Wickham Market and is committed to working together with residents for the benefit of the Parish. It is a statutory body and has wide ranging powers and interests, one of which is to ensure that any development within the Parish complies with the current Suffolk Coastal District Council Local Development Framework.

The Council has 11 Councillors and three Employees.  There are currently two vacancies on the Parish Council which will be filled by the means of a Co-option at a future Council meeting.  

Parish Clerk/Responsible Finance Officer: Joanne Peters

Cemetery Clerk: Linda Merriam 

Handyman: Roger Messenger

Full Council Meetings are held bi-monthly on the third Monday of January, March, May, July September & November.  Notice of meetings are posted on the noticeboard and are open for all residents to attend.  There is a 15 minute public session prior to all meetings.

There are also the following Committees:-

Finance & General Purpose  - meetings are held when the need arises

Environment & Leisure - meetings are held bi-monthly - To view the schedule of the 2017 meetings - Click Here

Planning - meetings are held as applications are received and agendas are always placed withihn the noticeboard

Neigbourhood Plan 

To view the Council's Standing Orders please Click Here

To view the Council's Financial Regulations please Click Here