Welcome to Rackheath Parish Council website

RackheathLifeSign_WebBlueThis website has been set up and is managed by the Parish Council to provide information about the council and the community of Rackheath.

The Parish Council has 11 councillors elected every 4 years by the residents of the village to represent their views. The last election was held on 7 May 2015 when we had 15 volunteers nominated for the 11 places, showing the nature of our vibrant and thriving community willing to give up their time for the good of the village. Membership has changed since then as individuals have left the Council due to changes in their personal circumstances and we currently have a vacancy at the moment and would interested in hearing from prospective new members.

The Parish Council holds regular public meetings usually on the third Monday of each month, (except in August), and the public are welcome to attend and speak during public participation. Agendas and minutes are posted on the website, social media and the 3 noticeboards in the village. Paper copies are also available from the Clerk.

Our responsibilities include the management of the pavilion, bowling green, multi-play surface and football pitches at Stracey Playing Field, the Jubilee Park and the USAF War Memorial.  We also look after the verge and grass cutting, village sign, some of the dog and litter bins, bus shelters and public seating.

The Parish Council is consulted on planning applications and developments in the village and other changes to the infrastructure in and around the village. In May 2015 the Council agreed to develop a Neighbourhood Plan for Rackheath and set up a Steering Group comprising of councillors and residents to develop the plan. Rackheath Neighbourhood Plan was completed following extensive public consultation and was formally adopted following a referendum in July 2017.

Our Councillors are actively involved in the community talking to residents, posting on Facebook and organising events such as Rackheath Live and a Fireworks Display. Members make decisions about public open spaces and facilities on behalf of residents and need to hear from you to make sure we are getting it right. The minutes of meetings, future plans are other information are provided on this website but if there is anything you can’t find, please ask the Clerk or Parish Councillors.

9 Responses to Welcome to Rackheath Parish Council website

  1. rackheathparishcouncil says:

    Thank you for your comment.
    I have been advised that the shooting you heard this morning was clay pigeon shooting on private farm land off Green Lane West, which they do every 4 to 6 weeks.

    I understand that the owners are not obliged to give warning of such an event.

    Kind regards

    Diana Dring

  2. Pete says:

    Does anyone know why the trees in Jubilee Park are being removed and how much they plan to remove?

    • rackheathparishcouncil says:

      Hello Pete, Thanks for your comment.The trees at the Jubilee Park are not being removed, the Fringe Project are cutting back the undergrowth and thinning out as part of the normal maintenance of the tree belts.

  3. hayley abbs says:

    hi there,

    could I have an email back about room hire and costs please x

  4. Laura says:

    Please can you tell me who to contact with a query about a child’s party.

  5. Mr and Mrs R Howes says:

    Hi I have contacted the Highways Department on numerous
    Occasions regarding the cutting of the grass verge/path
    Outside our property number 55 Green Lane East,
    I have now been informed by a neighbour and reading your website
    this is your responsibility. I cannot understand why
    this has never ever been cut only by ourselves.
    Please can you ensure us that it will be cut in the future
    as it is now too dangerous due to all the traffic using this road for us to
    Cut it. Looking forward to your reply.

    • rackheathparishcouncil says:

      Dear Mr & Mrs Howe
      Thank you for your message.
      Some residents take on cutting the grass verges outside their properties, which our contractor then does not cut as he can not achieve the same depth of cut with his machinery. Our contractor has advised me that he will make sure the verge near your property is cut next season.
      Kind regards, Diana Dring, Parish Clerk

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