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Introduction to Great Cornard

Page updated - 19 February 2005

We are a parish of some 10,500 people located on the fringes of Sudbury, in the picturesque Stour Valley.  The area is in Constable and Gainsborough country, and within easy reach of scenic Suffolk countryside, the facilities of Ipswich and the East Coast resorts.

Great Cornard is divided up for electoral purposes into two electoral wards. The north ward is predominantly council housing, built for the Greater London Council in the 1960ís, and the south is mainly owner-occupied.   The two wards return seven members each to the Parish Council and two members each to the District (Babergh District Council).   All of Great Cornard returns one member to the County Council.

The Parish Council is very aware of the social division between the two wards and has noted, for example, in Health Council survey that the standard mortality rate for the north ward was 33% above and the south ward was 35% below average. The Council is keen to research this issue further e.g. through the Primary Care Group. The Council is involved in a Single Regeneration Bid project in association with the District and County Councils.  This capacity building project is aimed at market towns with pockets of deprivation and is an important element in developing social improvement in the area.

The Parish Council operates the usual span of Parish responsibilities including commenting on planning applications, managing footpaths and recreation areas, liaising with District and County Councils on their services, etc.   There are some other significant features in the parish, which should be mentioned.   Firstly, Great Cornard owns a large country park run by the Parish Council.   The Stevenson Centre and Recreation Ground, which also houses the Parish offices, is a major financial and management commitment. The Parish Council also undertakes cemetery management.