Parish Council

  Name Tel
Chairman John Gale  
Vice-chairman                   Alan Johansen  
Councillor Sylvia Pettitt  
Councillor Geoffrey Ingham  
Councillor Ian Harding  
Councillor Guy Holland-Bosworth         
Councillor Chris Ridge  
Parish clerk Joanne Kirk

07880 686069 (office hours only)



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

How often do elections take place?

Councillors are elected for a period of four years. The next election will take place in May 2019

How often does the Parish Council meet?

The Council meets every two months in January, March, May, July, September and November. Meeting usually take place on the second Tuesday of the month. Additional planning meetings may be held if planning applications come in between meetings.

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

What does the Parish Council actually do?

The Parish Council is responsible for setting the 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. The Councils employs a clerk to oversee its day to day affairs.

The Council is responsible for the following property in the village:

  • The bus shelter
  • The bottle and clothing banks
  • The village sign
  • The circular oak seat on the playing field
  • The village notice boards

It is also the responsibility of the Council to make sure that Pound Green and other public areas are maintained. The Council employs a local contractor to cut the grass on Pound Green and around the edge of the village hall and to cut the hedge around St Barnabas.

In addition the Council provides financial support to the PCC by making a donation towards the electricity costs for St Barnabas Chapel.

It supports the Village Hall Management Committee by paying the cost of insuring the playground. It also made a recent donation to cover the cost of replacement bark.

The Council also insures the Lychgate which is a war memorial to soldiers who died during the Great War.

The Council acts as a link with other local government organisations like St Edmundsbury Borough Council and Suffolk County Council. Any problems in the village such as blocked drains, potholes, broken stiles on footpaths or faulty street lights are reported by the clerk.

The Council's biggest achievement, after several years of campaigning, was the completion of the new pavement in the village. The Council worked closely with Suffolk County Council to bring this project to fruition and helped fund part of the scheme.


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