Scarning Parish Council

The Parish Council has nine councillors. One of our members is elected each year to be the Chairman. We have an officer, the Parish Clerk. The role of the clerk is advisory and supportive of the Council and its functions.

The Parish Council looks after the interests of the parish and its inhabitants. It has many functions, but broadly speaking is responsible for the provision and maintenance of the two play areas on the Water Meadows; the maintenance of the Outdoor Fitness equipment on the Playing Field off Shipdham Lane, as well as the Zip Wire and outdoor table tennis table; the maintenance of the roadside verges and hedges in some parts of the parish; the provision of dog, litter and grit bins; the maintenance of some street lights; the maintenance of the church clock and the war memorial; and the repair and upkeep of bus shelters in the parish. The Parish Council has a budget this year of £38,000.

Scarning Parish Councillors

Councillors’ Registers of Interests are available on Breckland Council's website. When visiting their site, follow the link to 'Town & Parish Council Details M-Y'


Fiona Bradford


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Steve Bunn

Vice Chair

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Tim Abel


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Melanie Blackburn


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Tina Mallard



Chris Farnham


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Charles Hewson


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Cathy Geary


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Michael Steward


The Role of a Councillor


A councillor is a member of the council and is normally elected for a term of four years.  People of any political or religious persuasion are eligible to become a councillor, although their personal views should not extend into their parish council work. A councillor is an unpaid voluntary role.

They are elected to represent the interests of the local community as a whole and promote a harmonious local environment. The number of elected councillors depends on the size of the area. In Scarning we are able to have 9 councillors.

Becoming a parish councillor is a rewarding and valued form of public service. All councillors contribute to the work of the Parish Council by:

- Having a say about the things they care about

- Putting forward ideas for better services

- Responding to the needs and views of parishioners

- Seeking the best outcome to local issues

- Getting involved in decision making

- Helping to make Scarning a better place to live


Local councils are the first tier of governance and are the first point of contact for anyone concerned with a community issue. They are democratically elected local authorities and exist in England, Wales and Scotland. The term ‘local council’ is synonymous with ‘parish council’, ‘town council’ and ‘community council’.