The parish councils of Kirby Cane and Ellingham merged in 2007 to form Kirby Cane & Ellingham Parish Council (see History). The parish council falls under the Gillingham ward of South Norfolk Council and Norfolk County Council. Being situated in the Waveney Valley, parts of Ellingham also come under the planning rules of the Broads Authority.

Kirby Cane & Ellingham Parish Council

Elected (May 2015) for the first time in 20 years, the council represents the whole of the parish and acts as a channel of communication between the parish in dealings with outside bodies, like South Norfolk Council, Norfolk Council, Highways, bus service, grants for parish facilities, playing fields and other parish facilities. It can represent the parish in matters that affect residents or the parish as a whole. It helps develop parish facilities and organisations.  It also has specific responsibilities for:

  • cemeteries
  • footpaths
  • recreation facilities (including parks and open spaces) and public buildings
  • bus shelters
  • allotments
  • litter bins
  • newsletters & websites
  • commenting on plans (although the parish council can only make observations, not decisions).

Parish Clerk:

Jane Love
Toad Lane,
Thwaite St Mary
NR35 2EQ

Tel.: 01508 518375

South Norfolk Council

The District Council is responsible for*:

  • rubbish collection
  • recycling
  • Council Tax collections
  • housing
  • planning applications.

Tel.: 01508 533633

District Councillor:

Kay Billig
 Home tel: 07545 905410
Evening tel: 01508 520920

Norfolk County Council

The County Council is responsible for the services across the county*:

  • education
  • transport
  • planning
  • fire and public safety
  • social care
  • libraries
  • waste management
  • trading standards. 

0344 800 8020

County Councillor:

Margaret Somerville
Tel.: 07827 271296

Broads Authority

The Broads Authority was set up in 1989, with responsibility for:

  • conservation
  • planning
  • recreation
  • waterways.

Tel.: 01603 610734


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