Name Address Postcode Email Address Tel

David Almond - Chairman

Handsell House, The Street

CB88RZ

da@davidalmondac.co.uk

01638 428250

Mark Price - Vice Chairman

15a Newmarket Road

CB8 8SS

mzajprice@yahoo.co.uk

01638 750200

Ed Chambers

2b Newmarket Road

CB8 8SS

edward.chambers@btconnect.com

01638 750014

David Clarke

Manor Barn, 2 Cheveley Road

CB8 8WF

davidclarke1903@gmail.com

01638 750263

Ryan Bragg

Ivy House, Dalham Road

CB88SB

ashleybrageti@icloud.com

01638 751153

Douglas James

2 Brookside

CB8 8SG

 

01638 750897

John Derry

26 The Street

CB88RZ

johnderry0@gmail.com

01638750879

Jane Horsnell

35 Dalham Road

CB88SB

jane.m.horsnell@googlemail.com

01638750879

Tim James

8 Newmarket Road

CB8 8SS

timjam@hotmail.co.uk

01638 482012

Clerk - Joanne Kirk (07880 686069 (Monday - Thursday office hours only)

Register of Interest forms can be viewed on the West Suffolk website.

The Council normally has seven councillors. Parish councils are the smallest unit of local government and the closest to their electors. Councillors are elected and work to support and improve the area they represent.

Councillors are elected for a period of four years. The next election will take place in 2023. Local volunteers may be co-opted onto the Council when there are not enough candidates for seats at an election or when the electorate does not call for an election when a seat becomes vacant. The Chairman of the Council is elected annually at the Annual Meeting of the Council.

Do councillors get paid?

No, councillors are volunteers though they can claim travel expenses if they attend meetings outside the parish.

How often does the Parish Council meet?

The Council meets six times a year in March, May, October and December. Meetings usually take place on the fourth Monday of these months.  Occasionally extraordinary meetings  or planning meetings may also be called if there is an issue which needs to be dealt with between meetings. Meetings are open to the public and are advertised on this website and on the village notice board.

There is also an Annual Parish Meeting which usually takes place in May. This is an open meeting for all electors of Moulton and an opportunity to ask questions relating to village affairs.

What does the Parish Council actually do?

The Parish Council's central role is to act in the interests of the community, taking action to improve its quality of life and environment. Councillors try to provide this service responsibly and openly and are bound by a strict Code of Conduct. Community leadership is at the heart of modern local government and principal authorities are taking on new responsibilities for working in partnership with local organisations, including voluntary and community groups, to improve services and the quality of life for its citizens.

In Moulton the Parish Council is responsible for the playing field and play equipment on it.  It also owns and maintains a number of other assets such as the village signand the war memorial.

Consulting and listening to residents to understand their needs, wishes and concerns is an essential part of a parish councillor's work.

The Parish Council forms a corporate body with a legal existence separate from that of its members. It is accountable to the electorate and can be taken to court. As a body, it is responsible for its actions.

The Council sets the annual precept. This is money that the Council receives to cover the cost of the services it provides and any staff costs. The precept is one element of the Council Tax householders pay. A large portion of the Council's budget is spent on administration (clerk's salary, audit fees, subscriptions and insurance. The Parish Council must publish a budget showing how the precept will be spent. Decisions to approve expenditure are made at meetings and any resolutions are minuted.

The Council is consulted on planning applications within the village. 

The Council acts as a link with other local government organisations like West Suffolk Council and Suffolk County Council. 

What is the clerk's role?

The Council employs a clerk to oversee its day to day affairs including the Council's finances. The role of the clerk is extremely varied. Her responsibilities include organising meetings, dealing with correspondence and acting as a point of contact for members of the public and other organisations. She may also carry out functions formally delegated by the Council, such as reporting highways or rights of way issues. The clerk provides impartial advice and guidance to councillors to enable them to make decisions and to ensure that current legislation is complied with. She also researches matters brought to the attention of the Council and ensures that all the information required by councillors is made available to them. The current temporary clerk is qualified having completed the Certificate in Local Council Administration.

What happens at meetings?

Parish Councils make decisions on a variety of issues including finance, planning, highways and rights of ways issues. All decisions have to be minuted to provide a true and accurate record of the meeting. Once the minutes have been approved they are signed by the Chairman and cannot be changed.

How can I find out the dates of meetings?

Dates of meetings are set well in advance and publicised on this website.

Could the agendas be published in the newsletter?

No. Agendas are published a week before meetings and are advertised on the village notice board and website. Only matters which have been included on the agenda can be discussed at meetings, which is why agendas are not published too far in advance.

Can members of the public attend meetings?

Yes. Parish council meetings are open to members of the public but they are not allowed to address the Council during the meeting. The Council holds an Open Session at each meeting to give residents an opportunity to talk to councillors about any items on the agenda or any concerns they may have. 

What if I want to become a councillor?

Do you want to support your community and help to improve it? Are you prepared to work with other councillors to make decisions? Are you able to be objective and represent the needs of the whole community? If you want to become a councillor, let the clerk know so that she can contact you if a casual vacancy arises because a councillor has resigned or put your name forward at the next elections. Elections are advertised on the notice board and in the newsletter.