The Parish Council is made up of 11 councillors, voted in every fourth year by local residents. It meets routinely on the fourth Tuesday of each month, at 7.30pm, in the Old School Hall, when the public are invited to attend. Meetings are for councillors, but every agenda contains two opportunities for Public Forum; one at the beginning of the meeting and one at the end, when public comment is invited. Agendas are published in the parish council notice board (beside Edge Butcher’s shop) and on the parish website.
The Annual meeting of the Parish Council takes place in May each year and its most important business is to elect its chairman for the coming year.
The Annual Parish Meeting is NOT a parish council meeting. It is for parishioners and is their opportunity to determine the agenda and debate parish affairs. It is held on the fourth Tuesday of April.
A list of the current Parish Councillors can be found on this website
A clerk is employed to deal with all the administration, implement the decisions the Council makes and, in normal circumstances, to be the first port of call for all enquiries. As Responsible Financial Officer, the clerk keeps the financial records and produces and updates the budget for approval by Council.
The Parish Council manages and maintains among other things:
Garboldisham Road Cemetery
Play areas at The Poplars and the Recreation Ground
Litter picking around the Village Centre
Grass cutting cemetery and parks
Litter bins, allotments
Most of the streetlights
The first floor of the pavilion on the Recreation Ground is leased to East Harling Sports and Social Club, which can be contacted on 01953/718251 and [email protected].
The Parish Council is funded by what is known as a precept. This is an amount fixed annually by councillors to cover the following year’s expenditure. It is paid to the Parish Council by Breckland Council, which then collects it from parishioners as part of their council tax. The sum involved can be seen itemised on individual council tax bills.
Breckland Council (the “District” council) is the authority which makes the final decision on planning applications. In the process, it consults the Parish Council. Individuals also have the right to comment on planning applications, all of which can be found on the Breckland website. Amongst other things, Breckland also deals with rubbish collections, environmental health, licensing, street naming and tree preservation orders etc.
Breckland Council can be contacted on 01362/695333. Your district councillors are Mrs Ellen Jolly and Mrs Marion Chapman-Allen and their contact details can be found under the councillors’ link.
Norfolk County Council is responsible for the highway network (except trunk roads) including footways (pavements). It also provides schools, adult education, social services and libraries. It has responsibility for public footpaths and bridleways, but has delegated their routine maintenance down to the District Council. It can be contacted on 0344 800 8020 or www.norfolk.gov.uk.