The Parish Clerk:
Tel: (01473) 657009
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Scheduled meetings take place on the third Thursday of every other month at Barking Village Hall Annexe at 7.30 pm - open to the public. A copy of the Minutes of these meetings can be seen upon request from the Clerk and on this website.
Dates of scheduled meetings:
14th April 2016 - extraordinary meeting
19th May 2016 (AGM)
21st July 2016
25th August 2016 - extraordinary meeting
15th September 2016
17th November 2016
19th January 2017 - postponed to 26th January 2017
13th February 2017 - extraordinary meeting
16th March 2017
18th May 2017
20th July 2017
14th August 2017 - extraordinary meeting
31st August 2017 - extraordinary meeting
21st September 2017
16th November 2017
28th November 2017 - Extraordinary Meeting
8th January 2018 - Extraordinary Meeting
11th January 2018 - please note change of date
25th January 2018 - extraordinary meeting
15th March 2018
The Parish Councillors are:
Cllr Alex Smith - 01473 658133 Chair
Cllr Stephen Butler - 07434 961516 Vice-Chair
Cllr Michael Smith - 01473 658599
Cllr Michael Bailey - 01473 658525
Cllr Ann Ross - 01449 721038
Cllr Rosamund Fellowes - 07899 845390
Notice of Vacancy in the Office of Councillor for the Parish Council of Barking
A casual vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Parish Council - to be filled by co-option.
Applications please to the Parish Clerk
Representatives to Outside Bodies:
Needham Market & Barking Welfare Charities:
Cllr Michael Smith, Cllr Stephen Butler
David Bishop, Shaun Cochrane (Village Representatives)
Theobalds Endowed Foundation:
Cllr Michael Smith
Shaun Cochrane (Village Representative)
Barking Village Hall Management Committee:
Cllr Michael Bailey
Parish Paths Partnership
Cllr Alex Smith
Wattisham Liaison - TBA
The Parish Council's responsibilites include:
• Finance - The Parish Council is responsible for the approval and monitoring of Council expenditure, annually analysing future funding requirements and recommends the precept to be raised. Arranging insurance of parish property, loans and donations and other associated activities requiring finance.
• The Tye and Footpaths - As owner of the Tye, - maintenance of theTye (common)*, Public Footpaths and Play Equipment. The Parish Paths Partnership assists with the maintenance of the footpaths within the Parish of Barking.
*The Bye Laws can be viewed by clicking onto the following link - Barking Tye Bye Laws
• Planning - The Parish Council receives and considers consultation copies of all Planning Applications relating to the parish. Recommendations from the Council either in support of the application or as objections, are passed to Mid Suffolk District Council who, as Planning Authority, will make use of these comments in their determination of the application.
• Parish Property - The Parish Council is the owner of the Tye (the common), provides and maintains litter bins, dog waste bins, notice boards, play equipment, benches, street lights, and the defibrillator and the former BT kiosk which it is housed in. The Council is the Custodian Trustee of Barking Village Hall, which is managed by the Barking Village Hall Management Committee.
• Highways and Lighting - The Parish Council oversees highways matters such as the need for road repairs, signposting, street lights and the supply of electricity for street lighting.
Notice of Vacancy in the Office of Councillor for the Parish Council of Barking
A casual vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Parish Council - to be filled by co-option. Please contact Rosemary Cochrane, the Parish Clerk for more details if you are interested. Applications please to the Parish Clerk by 10th May at the very latest (01473 657009) or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Barking Footpath Group
In recent years there has been a very active Footpath Group in Barking. The footpaths were regularly walked and any ‘issues' reported to SCC Highways via the Parish Clerk. Sadly the group, for various reasons, is no longer active. If there is anyone in Barking who routinely walks the footpaths (perhaps a dog walker?) who would like to be involved in this voluntary group, please contact Rosemary Cochrane (Clerk to Barking Parish Council) on 01473 657009. Some minor repairs can be carried out by the group, or it can simply be a conduit for passing information back to the Rights of Way Officer at Suffolk County Council.
Vacancy for Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator for Barking
Neighbourhood Watch Area Co-ordinator Definition
Area Co-ordinators are the neighbourhood watch point of contact for neighbourhood watch schemes in a defined geographic area. An area may consist of a single or several neighbourhood watch schemes, which varies from area to area. An area forms part of the network structure of the Suffolk Neighbourhood Watch Association (SNWA).
An area co-ordinator should aim to:
• be a single point of contact for neighbourhood watch members and/or schemes within the network area
• communicate to all neighbourhood watch schemes/members in the area
• keep up to date record of all neighbourhood watch schemes/members within the Network (ensuring confidentiality of information).
• where appropriate, liaise with parish or town councils to ensure awareness and education of crime prevention is promoted within the community
• welcome new members with SNWA provided introductory leaflets stickers and the like.
• arrange dedicated neighbourhood watch Network meetings, inviting scheme members to attend, or where appropriate, seek integration parish or town council meeting agendas.
[Where dedicated neighbourhood watch meetings are held, these should be Chaired by the area co-ordinator and ensure ‘actions' are recorded and given to the appropriate person]
• liaise with the Suffolk Constabulary Safer Neighbourhood Team in the area, to raise issues on behalf of members
• represent the area network at Suffolk Neighbourhood Watch Association Area Co-ordinator quarterly meetings.
Please contact the Parish Clerk if you are interested in this vital role for the community of Barking
The next scheduled Meeting of the Parish Council will be the held on
Thursday 15th March 2018.
Public and Press are welcome to attend.
The public are welcome to observe and can participate during the public forum session. Please be aware that the filming and other reporting might take place at the meeting.
Barking Parish Council has installed a defibrillator in the telephone kiosk adjacent to Barking Village Hall. Training is being arranged - watch out for the date. However, training is not essential as full instructions will be given to the user at the time should an emergency situation arise.
What is the process if there is an emergency?
If the caller is within 1 mile of an operational defibrillator, they will be given its location and very importantly, the code to gain access to the AED unit.
Full instructions will be given both by the operator and via the unit itself.
Use of the AED will buy precious minutes while the emergency services make their way to you.
The unit will be kept locked to ensure it is not tampered with or removed, and to ensure it is there if it is needed.
Barking Parish Council is very grateful to County Cllr Julia Truelove for funding the purchase of the defibrillator, to the Community Heartbeat Trust for the help and advice given and to Alex Taylor for cleaning up the kiosk following its purchase from BT. The cost of installation and ongoing maintenance and insurance is being borne by the Parish Council.
Please can residents and visitors alike remember that the Tye is a Common which has Bye Laws to protect it and to ensure that it remains a beautiful, open, green space for everyone to enjoy. The Parish Council works hard to maintain the Tye.
Parking on the Tye: Whereas there are special occasions when parking is permitted (subject to permission having been granted by the Parish Council) for occasions such as the Barking Fair, there should be no routine parking of vehicles on the common.
Dogs on the Tye: Signs have been erected on the Tye by the play area advising that dogs are not to be allowed into the play area. The Parish Council asks that dog walkers respect this order.
The Tye is not a golf driving range: Please bear in mind that people regularly use the Tye for recreation and will be put off by golf balls flying through the air. Please use the golf driving range, not the Tye, to practice your golf.
Bye Laws: A copy of the Bye Laws is available upon request, or via the Barking Parish website www.barking.onesuffolk.net They are also clearly on view at various places on the Tye itself.
Drones are prohibited from the Tye (see Bye Laws)
Sky Lanterns are prohited from the Tye by resolution of Barking Parish Council.
It is prohibited to light fireworks on the Tye.
Clerk to Barking Parish Council