Documents explaining the Parish Council's policies under the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) can be found on the Data Protection page at the bottom of the sidebar on the left.

There has been a change to the schedule of meetings, and there will now be one on Tuesday  January 21st 2020 (changed from January 14th) at 7pm to discuss a single item, the precept request for 2020-21. Please see the page Upcoming Meeting Dates for subsequent meetings.

Welcome to the website for Cockfield Parish Council     

The aim of the Parish Council is to help ensure Cockfield and the immediate area remain a pleasant and safe place to live, work and visit. The Parish Council helps provide the facilities you want to see in the area and, where possible, deals with local problems as they arise in partnership with local community organisations other public bodies,  and other neighbouring parish councils.

Parishes are the smallest areas of civil administration in England and Town and Parish Councils provide the statutory tier of local government closest to the community. (Civil parishes should not be confused with Church of England ecclesiastical parishes and their Parochial Church Councils.) Parish Councils are independent from County Councils.

Town and Parish Councils are an essential part of the structure of local democracy and have a vital role in acting on behalf of the communities they represent. They:             

  • give views, on behalf of the community, on planning applications and other proposals that affect the parish
  • undertake projects and schemes that benefit local residents
  • work in partnership with other local organisations and public bodies to achieve benefits for the parish
  • alert relevant authorities to problems that arise or work that needs to be undertaken
  •  help the other tiers of local government keep in touch with their local communities.

Town and Parish Councils have a wide range of legal duties and powers, such as the maintenance of community buildings and land and much more. They have the power to raise money through the local council tax.

Cockfield  Parish Council  also manages and maintains a number of local facilities including:

  •  the Pauline Charlton Sports Pavilion
  • the sports fields and multisports area 
  • the two Play Areas
  • the allotments
  • the village greens

The work of the Parish Council is funded by a precept or charge on the council tax of residents in the parish. In 2018/19 this equates to a charge of £45.45 for a band D house.

In the future it is possible that the Parish Council will have an even greater involvement in the provision of local services.

The Parish Council meets on the first Tuesday of every month (except August) at 7pm in the meeting room of the Pauline Charlton Sports Pavilion, and members of the public are welcome to attend meetings. Agendas and minutes of meetings are published on this website. 

The website is maintained by the Parish Council and seeks to provide information on local social activities, essential services and other matters of interest to the community. This aspect will develop over time and the Parish Council welcomes any suggestions to make this site more useful to residents and visitors to the area.