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The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held on JUNE 7th 2021 at 7.30pm, Stanningfield Village Hall

Your Parish Councillors

Below is a list of your Parish Councillors and their contact details. Your first point of contact with the Council will normally be the Clerk. However, residents should feel free to contact councillors directly on matters concerning the parish.

The Parish Council 

Cllrs David Staff and Clive Mears are the Council's representatives on the Stanningfield Community Association.
Cllr Anthony Langan is the Council's representative with the Suffolk Association of Local Councils.
Cllr Colin Walters takes the lead on local rights of way.

Parish Councillors

Cllr D Staff, Chairman 01284828578

Cllr T Langan, Vice Chairman 01284 386125

Cllr C Walters 01284 828565

Cllr A Veal 01284 828842

Cllr Cl Mears 01284 827462

Cllr K Bell (tba)


Clerk: Nicola Glading


The clerk works 5 hours a week and emails will be answered as soon as possible: if your question is urgent please telephone 01842 337488 

Council meetings usually take place at Stanningfield Village Hall and start at 7.30pm.

All are very welcome to attend; if you want to speak on a particular subject that is on the Agenda, please let the clerk know in advance. The agendas will be published on the Noticeboards and on the Parish Council website, three days prior to the meeting. 

If an urgent matter needs to be put before the Councillors, the Chairman may call an Extraordinary Meeting; agendas for such meetings will be published seven days in advance on the Noticeboards and website.

Registers of Interest

In accordance with the Localism Act 2011 ss 26 to 37, Bradfield Combust with Stanningfield Parish Council at its meeting on 9th July 2012, adopted the Suffolk Local Code of Conduct 

In accordance with the Act 2011. all Parish Councillors have submitted their Register of Members' Interests with St. Edmundsbury Borough Council. Each councillor's declaration can be viewed on the West Suffolk Council's website.

The Objectives of the Parish Council are to:

1. Represent the whole community

2. Communicate and engage the community in supporting and developing village initiatives

3. Promote a caring spirit amongst the villages of Bradfield Combust and Stanningfield

4, Ensure National and Local Government changes affecting the Parish are understood and acted upon

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Stanningfield sign

Bradfield Combust Village sign

Bradfield Combust Village sign


The Village Green, Stanningfield

The use and enjoyment of the Green is for everyone and has over recent years been enhanced by the Parish Council with facilities for the younger residents. Most recently, the play area has been fenced for safety of the children and to keep dogs out of the play area.

Laws concerning Village Greens date back to Medieval times, however in 1937 Colonel Hambro of Coldham Hall, as Lord of the Manor was granted Manorial Rights over the Green and that he and the Parish Council “Could exercise complete command over the Green and therefore share the duty of protecting and maintaining it”

In recent times the Council has adapted to residents’ requests to stop parking along the Green track from Chapel Road to the Allotment entrance, by placing “No Parking” signs.

All allotment holders are encouraged to park in the grassed area leading to the allotments.

An agreement was reached with the residents from the old bakery to the entrance to the Allotments to erect a low fence (which the residents paid for) to stop any further encroachment of the Green. There has also been a business operated from the Old Bakery over many years, indeed at one time a track ran directly from this premises straight across the green to Chapel Road.

Over the last few weeks there have been a number of separate complaints from Stanningfield residents, regarding the Village Green, the Green in Smithy Close, the Allotments and the Bridleway from The Grange to Great Saxes Farm.

The Parish Council have in recent years always tried to address any issues or problems by speaking on a personal basis to those concerned, in the same way as Councillors make themselves available to residents, rather than insisting on a formal letter of complaint or attendance at a Parish Council Meeting.

We are, after all, a small community where most people know each other. As such there has never been any attempt to cause anyone stress, worry or hurt.

We think it is fair to say there are times when residents have visitors they will park around the Green. As long as no one is affected by this and no damage is done to the Green there is no objection.

On the side of the Green by the War Memorial and along Hoggards Green we continually ask Carers, Builders, and family members to park along Bury Road by the pavement to prevent damage.

We have also, in the past, required Havebury to return and repair damage caused by their workmen parking their vans making it difficult for vehicles to pass.

As already stated, there have been a number of complaints in recent weeks, some of which were regarding people parking and damaging the Green, we are not singling anyone out, but asking that everyone around the Green not to park on or cause damage or erosion to the grass areas of the Green.

We would like to thank everyone for helping to take care and look after our beautiful Village Green.

If you would like more information regarding this issue please feel free to write to the Clerk of the Council or attend a Parish Council meeting, all details are available on the Village Website.

Nicola Glading  BC&S Clerk  November 2020