This year’s Annual Town meeting on 18th May was a modest affair, since the Market Hall under pandemic rules can only hold 30 people at most, and only a few residents braved a wet evening. The meeting by law had to be held by 1st June, and since early May, online meetings (by Zoom) are no longer permitted. We are however keen to keep residents informed of what your Town Council is doing. Please find here the Annual Report of the Town Council, which was presented to the meeting by the Town Council Chair and colleagues.
In fact, the Report covers activities over the last two years, i.e. the period since the last local election of May 2019, since last year’s Annual Meeting was cancelled during the first lockdown.
Our Report covers a wide range of activities:
- Responding to COVID, including support for the IP17 Good Neighbour Scheme
- Planning for the Town’s Future, including our response to the District Council’s Local Plan (which provides for the 800 dwelling South Saxmundham Garden Neighbourhood) and preparation of our own Neighbourhood Plan
- Town Centre and the local economy
- Response to Sizewell C
- Saxmundham Station
- Environment & climate emergency
- Events and entertainment
- Market Hall
- Memorial Field & playgrounds
There are also reports from the Chair of Amenities & Services Committee, Cllr Tim Lock, and our Planning & Development Control Committee, Cllr John Fisher. We also set out the agreed Strategic aims of the Council.
Last but far from least, the Report gives details of councillors and the Council’s office-holders, and our staff; and it summarises the Council’s financial and budgetary position.