Barham Parish Council

Parish Councillor Vacancies

There is currently a vacancy for one Barham Parish Councillor and we need you to apply.

Would you like to help make a difference in your village? Do you care about where you live, its facilities, activities, open spaces?

Whatever needs tackling or improving locally, becoming a parish councillor gives people the opportunity to change things. You can help to make a difference to the quality of life for people in Barham if you are:

  • Age 18 or over
  • You are an elector of the parish
  • During the whole of the last 12 months have occupied as owner or tenant, land or other premises in the parish

The parish council meets at 7pm every three months on the first Monday. Meetings are held in Barham Church Hall. The best way to find out what it’s like to be a parish councillor is to talk to someone who’s doing it now, come along to a parish council meeting or speak to our parish clerk (see contact details below) or email Darren, the chairman, at: [email protected]

The major issue of speeding vehicles throughout the whole of Barham was again discussed at the recent Barham Parish Council meeting.

The VAS cameras on Norwich Road are recording speeds of up to 75mph from the Sorrell Horse to Church Lane and many of the offenders are local residents. The parish council has a constant battle with SCC Highways to get anything done regarding reducing the issue and have had to take things into its own hands. Therefore, the parish council is looking at ANPR speed cameras (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) which will take pictures of speeding vehicles and Suffolk SafeCam will be doing more speed enforcement in the village so, you have been warned!

The parish council has also agreed to proceed with a Community Speedwatch initiative for the village, an educational scheme to help people reduce speeding traffic through their community. The scheme enables volunteers to work within their community to raise awareness of the dangers of speeding and to help control the problem locally.

Community Speedwatch incorporates poster campaigns and a pledge system linked to direct action using speed detection equipment. The use of the radar devices will not lead to prosecution – drivers will get a letter from the police instead – but will help to underline the community’s commitment to reducing speed. The scheme can only operate in 20mph and 30mph speed limits.

Find out more about Community Speedwatch and what’s involved at:

However, to move forward with the initiative, a team of at least six volunteers is needed and the parish council is therefore appealing for volunteers. The more people on board the better. If you would like to be involved, please let the clerk or chairman know.

Darren, Parish Council Chairman:

07836 263613 / [email protected]

Melanie Thurston, Parish Council Clerk:

07837 528187 / [email protected]

The parish council would be delighted to have you join the Community Speedwatch team so that it can proceed.

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