Where and Who We Are.

The villages of Burston and Shimpling form one parish in South Norfolk, 5 miles to the north east of the market town of Diss, in the Waveney Valley.

Parish and Town Councils are the local level of government in the England. They are independent bodies and have responsibility for:

  • Representing all residents in the parish.
  • Running local services that must include: allotments, cemeteries, community buildings, recreation and play areas, seating, bus shelters, litter bins and local transport schemes.
  • Commenting on planning applications and long-term development issues.
  • Collecting money for their budget through the ‘precept’ as part of council tax. Each parish council has the power to set it’s own budget according to their plans for the year and therefore can decide what the precept level should be to provide the required funding.
  • And also have wide-ranging powers to become involved in further activities that contribute towards the improvement of the environment and quality of life in the parish.

Who are the Parish Councillors?
All parish councillors are local residents who have volunteered; they have then either been elected by the public or the parish council; they are unpaid and serve a four year term. The parish clerk is a paid position that deals with the parish council’s administration.

To contact the Clerk or any of the Parish Councillors please see the details here Contact Information