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Freedom of Information

Under the Freedom of Information Act the following information is available to you. It can be found on this website, on the noticeboards or as hard copy (20p per page) on application to the Parish Clerk.

Finance Annual return:Website/Noticeboard/Hard copy
Members allowances & expenses:Hard copy
Meetings Agenda:Website/Noticeboard/Hard copy
Precept:Hard copy
Budget:Hard copy
Minutes:Website/Noticeboard/Hard copy
Responses to planning applications:Hard copy
Responses to consultation papers:Hard
Services Allotments:Contact Parish Clerk

Road Maintenance

Who is responsible for road maintenance in Norfolk?
As the Highway Authority, Norfolk County Council is responsible for the reasonable maintenance of 10,000km of highways across the county.They are obliged to:Inspect the roads and carry out necessary maintenanceRespond to reports of damage and make the area safeThey are not responsible for keeping the road free from mud debris or water
If you feel you have a claim against the Highways Department see their information sheet.


Parish Council elections take place every 4 years..
Here’s you chance to get involved, join a friendly crew and make your mark!

Bressingham and Fersfield Parish Council has a complement of 9 Parish Councillors.
The Parish Council tries to keep a balance of members from both villages.

Contested Elections
If more than 9 members of our community stand for the 9 Parish Councillor places, a poll must take place. No-one I have spoken to can remember this happening in our community, let us know if you do.  2015 could be the year!

Uncontested Elections
If 9 members of the community or less stand for the nine Parish Councillor places they are elected unopposed and there is no poll.

If fewer than nine members stand, the Parish Council is required to appoint the remainder.

Casual Vacancies
Parish Councillor vacancies that come up during the 4 year term are filled by appointment unless 10 residents request an election

“Parish Council Elections. A Guide to Election Procedures.” South Norfolk Council 2007

Becoming a Councillor

Who can be a Parish Councillor?

  • A British, Commonwealth, or European Union citizen
  • Over 18 years old
  • An elector in the Parish for at least a year, or
  • Lived within three miles of the Parish boundary for at least a year, or
  • Worked mainly in the parish for at least a year

Who can’t be a Parish Councillor?

  • Anyone with a bankruptcy restriction or interim order
  • Anyone working for that Parish Council
  • Anyone convicted of an offence with a prison sentence of more than 3 months


The Parish Council is invited to comment on planning applications as non-statutory consultees; law does not require Parish Council input.

South Norfolk Council Planning Department makes the final decision.
Planning applications include:

  • changes in the use of buildings and roads
  • changes to the structure of buildings and roads
  • erection of new buildings and roads

CURRENT APPLICATIONS – click here for South Norfolk Planning Portal