VIDEO: Parish council likely to be dissolved after troubles

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A parish council is looking to step down after a recommendation by frustrated members of the public.

Last night a public meeting was held in Long Melford, after being called for by members of the public.

Nearly 200 people turned up to the public meeting in Long Melford on Thursday evening to discuss the ongoing problems ANL-151023-132631001

Nearly 200 people turned up to the public meeting in Long Melford on Thursday evening to discuss the ongoing problems ANL-151023-132631001

At the meeting, which was attended by nearly 200 people, there was a request for the council to be dissolved and elections held for a new council.

Current council chairman Jayne Lines said: “The meeting was called by the parishioners because there have been problems in the parish council.

“They felt they needed to get the public’s views.

“They unanimously voted for the parish council to be dissolved and a reelection held.

“We are looking into it. We need a parish council that’s going to work together and benefit the village, not fight against each other.

“I don’t want the Long Melford appearing in newspapers in a negative fashion.”

It is unlikely the council will be dissolved before the middle of November, with existing commitments to the village’s Remembrance Day parade.

Last week, at a council finance meeting the police had to be called.

It was the second time in a fortnight that police had been called to parish council meetings in the village.

Steve Ellwood Babergh corporate manager for governance was at the meeting last night.

Before the meeting Mr Ellwood said: “The district council’s monitoring officer and Suffolk Association of Local Councils are aware of the ongoing issues. We will be discussing, together, how we can resolve these issues going forward.”

Babergh is currently investigating several complaints against councillors in the village.