Chairman's report to the Annual Parish meeting of the Saxmundham Town Council.

 

    Following the Town Council elections of May 2011, and my election as Chairman, two new Councillors were elected to the Council, namely Joe Cassels and Don Tricker. It was a great sadness to me, personally, that Glyn Moye was not re-elected to the Town Council,         particularly as he had done so much work, in the past, with the Market Hall.

 

                               It has been a busy year for the Town Council and the following are on-going:-

  

•  Further deterioration in the street cleaning.
•  Ownership of Fromus Square
•  Parking in the High Street and Market Place.
•  Litter.
•  Reduction in Police presence.
•  Youth Club funding.
 
 
    At the end of last year, the TC took over the management of the Wednesday Market, from the District Council. We are working hard to increase the number of stalls so that, once again, the market is thriving and encourages people from the surrounding area to come into Saxmundham.

            

    The Town Council is fully supportive of the Town Plan, for which a Committee has been set up. Over the next year or so, it is hoped that the organisers will carry out a survey and will then formulate a plan to take Saxmundham forward over the next ten years.

              Together with the Suffolk County Council, the Town Council has been looking at increasing waiting restriction on some of the roads in Saxmundham. Due to objections by some of the residents on Brook Farm Road , some planned increases have been dropped, against the wishes of the Town     

                  Council.

            Work has now started on the Beccles Loop on the East Suffolk Railway line. Once it is completed, it will enable trains to Ipswich to run at hourly intervals. At the beginning of April, this year, the Waitrose car park become free (with a restriction of 2 hours) and the new Tesco store, due to open at the

               end of May, will also have free car parking. Both these two improvements will be good for Saxmundham, and will increase the viability of the Town. We wait to see if the traffic light junction can cope with the extra traffic movements, which we have been assured by the County Council, should not cause

                a problem.    We have had a large increase in the Town Council's precept this year. Both the County Council and the District Council are trying to escape some of their financial responsibilities, by putting the onus on Parish and Town Councils to supply and finance the services which they have

                previously undertaken. The Town Council took the view that it would be prudent to increase the precept to cover any shortfall in service.  

            The coming year is very busy for Saxmundham. We have had the Jubilee Celebrations on the 3 rd and 4 th of June with its very full programme of events organised by a Committee, under the able leadership of Cllr. Ken Howe, and despite the inclement weather was very successful.  

  By the time you read this article the Olympic Torch will have been through Saxmundham. The Town Council agreed to put up banners along the High Street to celebrate the occasion and no doubt a large influx of school children from Leiston, and surrounding villages attended to cheer the           Torch on it's way. 

             Finally, I should like to thank my present councillors for the support they have given to the Town and me during the last year. I should also like to thank Glynn Moye for his advice and help with the Market and the Market Hall and last, but by no means least, the Town Clerk, Maddie Gallop, for keeping 

             us all in order.

 

      Sir Peter Batho, Bt.

      Chairman.

 

 

COMMITTEES FOR 2012/2013

 

Chairman & Vice-Chairman (Cllrs Sir Peter and Mrs M Andrews) are ex-officio on all committees.

 

Finance Committee :

Cllr G. Cooke, Cllr J. Fisher, Cllr Ms Trotter-Langlois, Cllr D. Willett

 

Market Hall Committee :

Cllr J. Cassels, Cllr K Howe, Cllr Mrs D Sculley, Cllr Ms Trotter-Langlois

 

Planning Committee:

Cllr G Cooke, Cllr Mrs R Damiral-White, Cllr J Fisher, Cllr K Howe, Cllr Ms C Trotter-Langlois, Cllr D Willett

 

Personnel Committee:

Cllr Cooke, Cllr Mrs D Sculley, Cllr Ms Trotter-Langlois, Cllr D Willett

 

SABRE Award Selection Committee:

Cllr Mrs R Damiral-White, Cllr Mrs D Sculley, Cllr Ms C Trotter-Langlois

 

 

ATTENDANCE RECORD FOR FULL COUNCIL MEETINGS

FROM MAY 2011 TO APRIL 2012 INCLUSIVE

 

 

May

June

July

Sept

Oct

Nov

Dec

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

Total

Possible

%

Councillors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

P Batho

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

11

11

100%

M Andrews

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

H

10

10

90.9%

J Cassels

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

11

11

100%

G Cooke

H

H

H

H

H

1

A

1

1

1

1

5

11

45.5%

Mrs R Damiral White

1

1

1

1

1

S

1

1

1

1

1

10

11

90.9%

J Fisher

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

11

11

100.0%

K Howe

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

11

11

100.0%

Mrs D Sculley

1

1

1

1

1

1

S

1

S

1

1

9

9

81.8%

Ms C Trotter-Langois

1

1

1

1

1

W

1

1

1

1

1

10

11

90.9%

D Tricker

A

1

A

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

9

11

81.8%

D Willet

1

1

1

W

H

1

A

1

W

1

1

7

11

63.6%

Totals

9

10

9

9

9

9

8

11

9

11

10

97

121

80.2%

 

A = Absent

 

W = Work Commitments

 

H = Holiday

 

S = Sickness

 

F = Family Commitments

 

R = Resigned

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saxmundham Town Council have renewed the Quality Status after submitting a huge portfolio of evidence compiled by the Town Clerk, Maddie Gallop, demonstrating the hard work and commitment of the town councillors and staff in providing a standard of excellence in public service.

 

Saxmundham In Bloom continues to enhance the appearance of the town and is a wonderful way to welcome visitors to Saxmundham. The Town Clerk is managing this and welcomes any donations towards the cost of the hanging baskets at £35.00 each.