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                                        2015 2016 Annual Report - Chairman Cllr Roger Plant

As the Annual Town Meeting of Saxmundham Town Council has now passed, I feel it is important to reflect on some of the achievements of the Town Council this previous year and to also highlight future projects Saxmundham Town Council are undertaking.

Firstly, the Town Council have completed the purchase and erection of a youth facility for young people and the engagement on a two year Service Level Agreement for a youth worker.

We have drained the Memorial Field for the first time since the 1930's to allow it to be utilised over a greater period of the year for bigger events. So please take advantage of your space for your events.

We have financially collaborated with Suffolk Highways to ensure greater safety outside Saxmundham Primary School by painting double yellow lines, thus minimising potentially dangerous situations.

We have completed the purchase of the redundant police station as a community asset for the people of Saxmundham.

We have planted forty fruit trees on the Memorial Field in memory of the servicemen that died in the First World War and beyond.

We have underwritten some funding for the Saxmundham Music Festival, undoubtedly one of the most successful Saxmundham events produced recently, the prime organisers being Brook Farm Residents Association.

We have let a three year contract for the erection, storage and dismantling of Saxmundham Christmas lights.

For the future:

Watch out for the new skate park, in collaboration with SAVVY, as a joint project. Planning permission currently being sought, along with a suitable contractor.

An extension to the Rendham Road footpath in collaboration with Suffolk Highways.

Modernisation of the Market Hall, requiring a great deal of work reorganising the trust, feasibility of alteration and extension of use.

And of course the big essential project, the production of a Neighbourhood Plan, important for any expanding town/parish to take advantage of the localism bill, moving from section 106 agreements, to community infrastructure levy, coupled with co ordination of all our local services and amenities, particularly planning, education, health and transport.

A search for the magical ingredient to make Saxmundham a fully functioning community.


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