Babergh Area Forum

Welcome to this dedicated page designed to bring all the information together from our Area Forums for the Babergh District.  Councillors, Clerks and Officers of member councils are welcome to attend these meetings in addition to your nominated SALC representative.    There are up to four meetings per annum and bookings will require logging into the member portal.

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2024 area forum dates 

Tuesday 24 September

Thursday 21 November

To book your place, please ask your clerk to arrange this through the SALC Member Portal 

Your representatives on the SALC Board:
Helen Davies, (CHAIR) Sproughton Parish Council
Jane Cryer, (VICE CHAIR) Layham Parish Council

Benefits of area forums

Our members tell us that the best 'takeaway' from our forums are the nuggets of information from other councils.  This can range from showcasing successful projects to raising an issue your council is aware of and wants to discuss potential options. 

Tuesday 24th September at 7 pm

booking now available


  1. Speaker - Vicky Moseley,  Babergh Communities Team, to provide an update of plans for 2024/25

  2. Speaker - Teresa Farley, Community Action Suffolk, Good Neighbour Scheme

  3. Discussion topic - what is your parishes relationship with the Local Planning Authority?

  4. Information exchange
    An opportunity to share your ideas and challenges with others.

  5. News update - SALC


Nominated representative : Martin Nielsen, Stoke By Nayland Parish Council.  Sitting along the Suffolk-Essex border Dedham Value National Landscape ANOB was designated in 1970 with the purpose of conserving and enhancing the habitats and biodiversity.  To find out more use this link to visit their website. 

Do you have something to share?

As part of the re-shape of our area forums we are offering the opportunity for your council to lead on an agenda item - a topic of your choosing.

To find out more BOOK A MEETING with our CEO for an informal chat using this link.

Headlines from meetings

We have moved away from producing formal Minutes for our Area Forums and instead will be publishing bullet point information including links and ideas discussed in the Zoom chat on this webpage.