News from the Chairman
report to the Annual Parish meeting of the Saxmundham Town Council.
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.
has been a busy year for the Town Council and the following are
Further deterioration in the street cleaning.
Ownership of Fromus Square .
Parking in the High Street and Market Place.
Reduction in Police presence.
Youth Club funding.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
coming year will be very busy for Saxmundham. First we have the
Jubilee Celebrations on the 3 rd and 4 th of June. A very full programme
of events is being organised by a Committee, under the able leadership
of Cllr. Ken Howe, and I would urge everyone in the Town to give
it their full support.
Thursday the 5 th July, the Olympic Torch will be coming through
Saxmundham. The Town Council has agreed to put up banners along
the High Street to celebrate the occasion and it is expected that
we will have a large influx of school children from Leiston, and
surrounding villages to cheer the Torch on it's way.
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 Glyn 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.
Peter Batho, Bt.
Foreward - Saxmundham News September 2011
is always a very quiet month as far as the Town Council is concerned
as, in the past, it was found that attendance by members was low
due to holidays etc.
of the Town Council, I attended the inauguration of the new Rector
at St. John's Church on the 28th July, and had the honour to welcome
Andrew Walton and his wife to Saxmundham.
as if Saxmundham is a giant building site; the Hopkins Home development,
East of the Fromus, and the site clearance in Church Street, for
the new Tesco store, have both progressed in the last two months,
and they should start laying the foundations for the new store this
which concerns me, as well as a lot of the residents, is the lack
of parking facilities within the centre of the Town. There
is a demand for all day parking from people using the railway station
and from those who work within the retail sector. I am of
the opinion that the lack of parking facilities and the charges
for these, put small market towns like Saxmundham at a disadvantage
to large towns and their associated retail parks. The Town
Council will try to resolve some of these problems, but I fear that
we will have an uphill struggle. I, and the Town Council,
would welcome any comments or ideas which you might have.
Peter Batho, Chairman,
Saxmundham Town Council
Foreword – Saxmundham News (Winter Edition 2010)
the December meeting of the Town Council I was privileged to be
elected as Chairman for the remainder of this municipal year Mark
Palman having resigned as Chairman in November, due to his pending
move from the area. Mark was a relatively “young” Town Councillor
whose expertise and hardworking input to the Council over the last
few years will be very much missed. We wish him and his family well
in their new home nearer to Mark's work over the county border.
May there will be Town, Parish and District Council elections in
many parts of the country, including ours. If you feel you might
like to be more closely involved in the running of the town and
in shaping its future and want to have a more “hands on” role then
please consider putting yourself forward for election to the Town
Council in May. It can be very interesting and rewarding although
at times, I have to admit, very frustrating! However, it can never
be said to be dull – if you want to know more and feel you might
have a valuable part to play please contact the Town Clerk for details:
she will be very happy to put you in the picture and supply further
details about the procedure.
is certain is that every town and parish will be facing a difficult
time in the coming year, and probably beyond. Important decisions
will have to be made and with the County Council's decision to divest
some of its services together with the Government's ambitions for
“The Big Society” there will be much work to be tackled on behalf
of our residents. There will be many challenges and some innovative
and creative thinking will be needed, but one thing is certain –
the Town Council has already agreed that it will, whatever happens,
attempt to retain those services and features of this town's civic
life which people have come to anticipate, expect and enjoy. We
look forward to working together with the voluntary, commercial,
business, retail and charitable organisations in the town because
in this way we can make full use of the wealth of the very varied
expertise that we have here to get through the difficult times,
relatively unscathed. Many of us have been over this ground before.
In some respects, things don't change!
you can see, from the front page of Saxmundham News, on Saturday,
12 th February there will be an opportunity for many of you to recall
another period of austerity when we are holding a nostalgic World
War II event in the Market Hall. However, there will be nothing
austere about our evening – break out your dancing shoes, dress
the part and prepare to enjoy what we know will be a wonderful evening!
See you there!
Andrews – Chairman
2011 (report from the Clerk)
welcome the news that Cllr Mrs Andrews has taken over as Chairman
as she has several years experience as a Councillor and Cllr Glynn
Moye is now our Vice Chairman. I offer them both my congratulations
and best wishes in their roles until May 2011. There will
be an election on Thursday 5th May 2011 and the number of Town Councillors
for our town has been decreased from 14 to 11. If you think
you can make a difference to our beautiful town and would like to
stand as a Councillor please contact me.
who is an elector, over the age of 21 and a Commonwealth citizen
can be become a councillor subject to certain qualifications. The
rules allow a person to be a member of more than one council. Some
of the qualifications necessary are that he/she has for the past
twelve months before the day of election, or nomination as a candidate,
either lives locally or within a three mile radius. Being either
a tenant or an owner of any land or premises therein or working
locally can also qualify. Parishioners elect councillors and unless
they are disqualified for any legal reason councillors cannot be
removed from office until the next election. It is essential that
councillors are made aware of their role and responsibilities plus
attend regular seminars to keep in touch with current publications
and legislation. They are compelled by the Code of Conduct ( LGA
2000,s 52) to ensure they keep within certain boundaries and they
should, when making decisions, go by the facts put in front of them
and not be swayed by either political or other matters. They need
to attend meetings and a non-attendance of six months would get
them disqualified. Councillors live and work within the community
and therefore should be in touch to serve and address the wishes
of the people they represent.
2009 (report from the Clerk)
Cllr Barry Jones was elected
as the new Chairman at the AGM on the 11th 2009 with Cllr
Mark Palman as the Vice Chairman. Sincere thanks go to Cllr
John Fisher the retiring Chairman who continues to work tirelessly
for the Town Council and remains a Councillor.
It is hard to believe
that we are already nearing the end of my second term of office
as Chairman, and it is time to pen another foreword for Saxmundham
News. The Council elects a Chairman annually at its May meeting.
Although there is no legal limit on the number of years a person
may hold the post, in Saxmundham we have traditionally served two
years, so perhaps I will soon be able to retire to the back benches.
I hope that the spring
weather we are enjoying while I write this will still be with us
when you read it. As you will see our Saxmundham in Bloom
team are already busy fundraising and preparing for this years display
and I am looking forward to another colourful year.
On page 11 of Saxmundham
News you can read about the work being done to rejuvenate our play
areas and the visits we are now receiving from the 'Go with the
Flow' youth bus.
You will find details
of the programme which has been arranged for your enjoyment over
the St. George's weekend on our events page of this website.
May I also invite you
to attend our Annual Town Meeting at 7.15pm on 20th April when we
receive reports from the schools and other organisations, and you
will all have the opportunity to raise issues of concern.
would like to start this foreword by thanking all those involved
in getting Saxmundham blooming again this year. As you will have
seen, we have received Silver Gilt in our category of the Anglia
in Bloom Awards; a step up on last year's Silver. Well done to all
of you. The Saxmundham in Bloom team will always welcome additional
help, so if you wish to contribute please contact the Clerk.
also want to thank Victoria Burdett for all she has done during
her term as Councillor, particularly for the younger people in the
town. She has recently resigned for personal reasons and we have
co-opted David Willett of the White Hart Hotel to fill the vacancy.
many other local authorities we are spending a lot of time deliberating
on how the Boundary Committee's proposals for reorganising local
government in Norfolk and Suffolk will affect us. By the time you
read this, the consultation period will be over and the Committee
will be preparing their report for the Government who will decide
early next year what action, if any, to take on the matter.
I hope I will see many of you at the events planned for the sixth
Annual Saxmundham Arts and Entertainments Festival, of which you
will find more details on pages 18 & 19
I hope when you read this
we are still enjoying as good weather as we have been up to the
time of writing it. The early spring is getting us in the mood for
doing things and the Saxmundham in Bloom team have been busy raising
money for this year's display. At their wine tasting in February,
Alan George, as well as being an excellent caretaker for the Market
Hall, revealed hidden talent by winning the competition with his
knowledge of grape varieties.
In January three of us attended the Felixstowe Youth Forum to observe
proceedings there with a view to starting something similar in Saxmundham.
These meetings are run by the young people themselves and we were
very impressed with what they are doing. We have also met with local
schools and will report on this project in the next issue.
We have just co-opted Bryony Peall onto the Council to fill the
vacancy created by the resignation of Sheridan Trotter-Langlois.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Sheridan for his
contribution and welcome Bryony to the role.
In the centre of this edition you will find a pull-out supplement
with a programme of the events arranged to commemorate St. George's
Day. As this falls on a Wednesday, these take place on the previous
weekend, 18th to 20th April. Please do try to support the events
that the organisers are working hard to put on for you.
We are currently planning an information point to be placed outside
the Market Hall for the benefit of both residents and visitors.
In the meantime the Town Clerk will be pleased to assist you with
Welcome to our new edition
of Saxmundham News which we have brightened with some colour. I
would like to express our heartfelt thanks to former Councillor
Gerry Wright for all the work he has put into the compiling of this
magazine for the last five years. With the new electronically produced
version we have brought the production in-house and it is now being
done by the Clerk (as if she didn’t already have enough to
do). See the latest news here.
I recently had the pleasure
of attending the 100th birthday celebrations of Saxmundham resident
Jimmy Balls. Mr Balls was chairman of Saxmundham Urban District
Council in 1957/58, the year in which Wilfred Pickles recorded an
edition of his radio programme “Down Your Way” in the
We now need to look forward
to the next hundred years and Councillor Moye has suggested we initiate
a Youth Council for Saxmundham. To this end we will shortly be attending
a Youth Council meeting in Felixstowe to see how things are run
there. The idea is that the new Youth Council will have some say
in the spending of part of our budget thereby directing it to some
of the things that they themselves would like.
By the time you read
this we will have decided the Town Council precept (our portion
of the Council Tax) for the coming year and this is likely to be
in the region of £47,000.
May I take this opportunity
of wishing you all a very Happy New Year and we look forward to
assisting you with any matters that may be causing you concern.
John Fisher (Chairman)
Saxmundham Town Council