What We Do

Halesworth Town Council is the elected local authority and is the first tier of local government. Elections are held every four years to elect the 12 Town Councillors. The Chairman and Vice Chair are elected by fellow Councillors and usually serve a year in office.

The role of the Council is to represent the wishes and aspirations of Halesworth residents to the District Council and also to inform residents of local and national policy and legislation changes which will have an impact on them and Halesworth’s activities. The Town Council also develops contacts with all authorities and other organisations which can have can influence on the social, economic and physical wellbeing of Halesworth and its residents.

WHO DOES WHAT?

It can be confusing as to which Local Government Organisation does what…

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HALESWORTH TOWN COUNCIL

The Town Council has a major role in acting as a ‘watch-dog’ for the town and in reporting matters to the principal authorities at Waveney District and Suffolk County Councils .The Council is consulted on all Planning Applications, Highway matters and the delivery of other services to Halesworth. The Council supports local voluntary bodies; can initiate cultural, leisure and environmental projects and can secure funding from outside bodies for the benefit of local initiatives. The Council is also responsible for allotments and the local Wednesday Market in Halesworth.

The Town Council has few powers but does its best to influence decisions taken by the District and County Councils for the benefit of Halesworth and its residents.

Please look at the website to get a full flavour of the Town Council’s role!

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WAVENEY DISTRICT COUNCIL

Waveney District Council is responsible for the collection of Council Tax and non-domestic rates; environmental health; licensing of public houses and places of entertainment; housing policy and local plans and planning applications; leisure centres; public conveniences; waste collection; public car parks and maintenance of Council owned land.

General Enquiries: Marina Centre (next to Marina Theatre), Lowestoft, NR32 1HH

Tel: (01502) 562111

Email: [email protected]

For the full Waveney District Council website, click on the link below:

www.waveney.gov.uk

Waveney District Councillors for Halesworth:

Cllr Mr T Goldson – [email protected] or telephone: 07808 776245/07545 423814

Cllr Letitia Smith   Email [email protected]

Tel: 01502 512862 / 07596 812358

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SUFFOLK COUNTY COUNCIL

Suffolk County Council is responsible for the registration of births, marriages and deaths; education; fire safety; highways (including grass cutting and verge management), road safety and on-street parking; traffic management; street lighting; recreation; the arts, museums and libraries; Social Care; Strategic Planning; Trading Standards and Transport (Bus Services etc)

Public Enquiries: 08456 066 067 (Monday to Friday 8:30am to 6pm, Saturday 9am to 1pm)

Website: www.suffolk.gov.uk

To report a problem i.e. faulty street light, go to the Customer Services Direct website.

Suffolk County Councillor for Halesworth:

Cllr Mr T Goldson, Blything View, The Street, Rumburgh, IP19 0NN email Cllr Mr Goldson: [email protected] or telephone: 07808 776245/07545 423814