Democratic Services

What this Privacy Notice covers

Your privacy is very important to Breckland District Council.

Breckland District Council is the Data Controller responsible for the personal information you may provide in relation to Democratic Services, who administer the Council's governance arrangements by providing support and advice to Councillors, Officers and members of the public in respect of the Council's governance arrangements.

Our Data Protection Officer, Mark Stinson, can be contacted by phone on 01362 656870, via email: or by writing to us at Legal Services, Breckland District Council, Elizabeth House, Walpole Loke, Dereham, Norfolk. NR19 1EE.

Your data may be processed by Compass Point Business Services (East Coast) Ltd (CPBS) a company which is owned and controlled by East Lindsey and South Holland District Councils.  Compass Point's Data Protection Officer can be contacted by phone on 01507 613303, via email:, or in writing to Data Protection Officer, Compass Point Business Services, Tedder Hall, Manby Park, Louth, Lincolnshire LN11 8UP.

Why we need your personal data

Your information will be used in the following ways:

Public participation at Public meetings

The majority of council meetings are transacted in public. Agendas and reports for all council and committee meetings are made available to the public five days in advance.

Minutes and details of decisions are also published on our website once available. If you ask a question, or participate in a discussion, some information about you will be included in this record.


As a local authority we have a duty to allow residents of Breckland to bring to attention any concerns they may have within the District via the petition scheme. We collect information from you for the purpose of administering the petition scheme i.e. to 'sign' an e-petition, you will be asked to provide your name, postcode and email address.

The legal basis for processing your data is set out under Article 6.1(c) of the General Data Protection Regulations, as set out in the Local Government Act 1972 (s.100); Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2012; Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009; Local Government Act 2000.

How your data is used

Public Participation at Meetings

Minutes of meetings are accessible by all members of the public, therefore if you speak at a meeting your name will be recorded in the minutes. Other information you provide us such as your postal or email address will not be shared with anyone.


Petitions are accessible by all members of the public, therefore if you have created a petition your name will be available for all to see. Other information you provide us with to create the petition such as your postal and email address will not be shared with anyone.

How long the information is kept for

Minutes of meetings and the names of speakers at those meetings will be retained initially for a period of 6 years, after that date they will be retained for archive purposes.

Information provided to us to create a petition will be kept for a period of 12 months.

Councillor contact details will be kept for the period of their term of office, and destroyed within 6 months after.

Your rights

You have the right to access your data and correct any inaccuracies.  For further details of your rights please contact the Data Protection Officer or go to ourwebsite for a more detailed explanation.

Please see our website for our full Privacy Policy

Last updated: 26/11/2018 11:24:44