The Council meets on a six weekly cycle. As the Parish Council is a statutory consultee all planning applications that are made in the Village are sent to us by Babergh District Council for comments. District and County Councillors present reports. There is always time set aside for comments by the public and residents are also encouraged to bring matters to the attention of the Clerk in writing, before the Agenda is issued.
The Council is always in dialogue with the Village Hall regarding funding of maintenance, and updating, as well as the long term future of the building
In July 2007 Members of the Council elected in May 2007 signed up to the Local Government Code of Practice. Standing Orders, which regulate the way Council Business is conducted were adopted by the 2003-2004 Council.
In 2002, with financial assistance from The Countryside Agency and advice from Suffolk ACRE, the Council facilitated the production of a Parish Plan. A Committee of representatives of village organisations conducted a survey and published the Elmsett Parish Plan. Out of (then) 292 households 262 replies were received. This made the resulting information very reliable. Some of the things that have come about as direct results of the Plan are: new footways, a community wood, after school clubs, a Good Neighbours Scheme and hopefully, soon, a Youth Club. This web site also stems from the Plan.
The new development has been completed (March 2015) and named Church View. All accommodation has been allocated according to the conditions of the 106 Agreement.
Elmsett Parish Council, like many others was established following the 1894 Local Government Act. The population of Elmsett means that the council can have up to 7 Parish Councillors. At the last election in 2015 all vacancies were filled.
Since the1890s the Council has seen many changes and developments in the Parish, including the replacement of the Reading Room as a venue for village functions by the building of a large Village Hall and the creation of an adjacent recreation meadow (for more information please refer to The Book of Elmsett)