Community Governance Review in respect of the boundaries of Stowmarket, its neighbouring parishes and its internal wards.In October, 2013 Stowmarket Town Council asked the District Council to conduct a Community Governance Review for the town and its neighbouring parishes.
With so much development having taken place within Stowmarket in recent years and large scale developments planned for the near future, the Town Council felt that the time was right for a review to take place.
In addition to the development that has taken place, further development is planned close to Stowmarket's boundaries including:
Land to the north of the town known as Ashes Farm
Land to the south of the town off Farriers Road and Poplar Hill
The Business and Enterprise Park at Mill lane
The Station Quarter
In the letter sent to the District Council, the Town Council requested that the review encompass the following:
A review of the town's boundaries to ensure that they are amended to reflect the development proposals around the town's periphery and support community cohesion.
A review of the number and size of wards in the town with the introduction of smaller, single Member Wards to improve accountability to the local electorate.
In December, 2013 Mid Suffolk District Council agreed to undertake the review.
Mid Suffolk District Council are now inviting interested parties to submit their initial views on the Community Governance Review by 14th April, 2014.
Further information can be found by following this link http://www.midsuffolk.gov.uk/council-business/elections-and-voting/latest-news/community-governance-and-boundary-reviews/
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The Railway Man
Friday 17th January saw The Regal turn into Leicester Square for the day and play host to a very special screening of The Railway Man, complete with red carpet. The day was held in honour of a very special guest, Roland Baker, an ex POW from the Suffolk Regiment who was captured and forced to work on the Death Railway during WWII.
Unlike many others, Roland survived this horrific ordeal and was invited to the London Premiere but unfortunately he was unable to attend. After calling The Regal and telling his story to Office Manager Sarah Page, it was decided that if he couldn’t get to the red carpet, the red carpet would come to him.
As well as Roland, we had two further guests attending from the Suffolk Regiment, Frank Kerridge and Puggey Wells who were also forced to work on the exact same railway.
At the screening, local celebrity Roy Hudd was on hand to keep the guests entertained before the film began. Sarah Page, Office Manager said “The day couldn’t have gone better. Roland was treated like a VIP and he enjoyed his day. We had a full house, and we have received such positive feedback about the event.” A collection for the Suffolk Regiment Old Comrades Association was held after the screening and £113.55 was raised.
The Railway Man is still showing at The Regal until 30th January, and will be back from the 11th – 13th February. Due to the popularity of this film it is advisable to book, either by calling the box office on 01449 612825 or booking online at www.regalstowmarket.co.uk
Community Litter Pick Success!
Stowmarket Town Council would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part in our Community Litter Pick on Saturday 16th November. In particular we would like to thank the Scouts, Jill Roberts and her Asda team of volunteers and the Pickerel Project for giving their morning to really make a difference to the town.
Over 25 eager volunteers turned up with litter pickers at the ready before making their way down Navigation Approach and the surrounding areas, cleansing the streets as they went. In the finish, an impressive 10 bags (and a trolley!) was collected between them. The event was brought into life by Councillor Gerard Brewster and Community Liaison Officer Stephanie Edmans, who, in light of Saturday’s success, would love to see more Community Litter Picks throughout the year.
Stowmarket Beach Party 2013
Stowmarket Town Council would like to say a huge thank you to all of the many people that came along and made the Stowmarket Beach party such a success!
Families were out in force at the Recreation Ground on Saturday night for Stowmarket Town Council’s Beach Party. Over 1500 people enjoyed Live Music, Punch & Judy, Donkey Rides, and a Giant Sand Pit, followed by an open air screening of Mamma Mia.
Organiser David Marsh said: “We are so please so many people came out and supported our evening; the weather could have been better, but Stowmatians are a brave bunch and partied regardless. Huge thanks go to our local sponsors Phosphene – The Event Shop and Gipping Press.”
In particular David would like to thank the Stowmarket Town Councillors, Phospene – The Event Shop, Gipping Press, CEVA Logistics, Stowmarket Aggregates, Suffolk County Councillor Stephen Searle, and Glenn Markwell; the performers – Samantha & the Soulmates, The Regency Gentleman, Dean Vinyard, Son of Elvis – Andy Otley, and Batteys Punch & Judy; Gate & West Donkeys, Bounce Bounce Inflatable Hire and all of the stalls that took part; Mid Suffolk District Council, the Regal Theatre staff and the STC Maintenance Department. Without you none of this would have been possible.
The John Milton Room Refurbishment
The refurbishment of the John Milton Room has been completed. The room which is used by the Stowmarket Registrars as a venue for civil ceremonies and as a meeting room by the Town Council has been totally refurbished, maintaining the tradition of the historical room, bringing the room very much into the 21st Century. The project which was funded by the Town Council, Suffolk County Council and Mid Suffolk District Council is a fantastic example of what can be achieved when local authorities work together.
The John Milton Room can be booked for civil ceremonies, for further information please contact the Stowmarket Registrars on 01449 612054. The room is also available to book for meetings, for further information please contact Michelle Marshall, Deputy Town Clerk on 01449 612060.
(image courtesy of The Bury Free Press)
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