Acton Infrastructure Investment Plan 2019 - 2022
Parish Council meetings during COVID19 pandemic
Following advice received from Suffolk Association of Local Councils and the National Association of Local Councils (NALC), Councillor Nick Antill, Chairman of the Parish Council, decided to suspend all physical meetings of the council for the time being to protect Councillors and residents. The parish council will meet as needed for essential items using Zoom which is an internet meeting platform. The dates of 2020 meetings may change but all meetings will be notified on this website a minimum of 3 clear days in advance. Members of the public are welcome to attend. Please contact the clerk in advance for a link to the zoom meeting and instructions on how to join. The parish council is hoping to resume public meetings as soon as it is possible and it is safe to do so.
NALC strongly encourages Councillors and staff to follow government guidance on social distancing and self-isolation. The health and safety of Councillors, staff and the public is the primary concern of the Parish Council.
The Parish Council is an important part of the structure of local democracy and has a vital role in acting on behalf of the communities they represent. The Council has a wide range of powers which essentially relate to local matters. The Parish Council also:
- gives views, on behalf of the parish in relation to planning applications and other proposals that affect the parish;
- undertakes work and projects that will benefit the parish;
- works in partnership with other organisations to achieve benefits for the parish;
- informs other organisations of problems that arise or work that needs to be undertaken;
- helps the other levels of local government keep in touch with their local communities.
The Parish Council is financed by local residents through the Precept. This is the Parish Council's share of the council tax, and is used to help improve life for the local community in many ways.
Each year the Parish Council is obliged to assess how much money is required to effectively administer the parish. This is done through a budget process where receipts and payments are considered for the forthcoming year. The Parish Council then notifies Babergh District Council of the amount of money required, which is sent to the Parish Council in two equal amounts in April and September each year.