Kesgrave Town Council is the Town/grass roots and most local level Council for Kesgrave. It was established in 1974 following the re-organisation of local government. Like all statutory bodies, Kesgrave Town Council has a variety of responsibilities, duties (the things that it must do), and powers (the things that it may do). All these are laid down in Acts of Parliament. Within this legislative framework, Kesgrave Town Council provides a range of services. Some of these are as follows;
The Town Council’s Main Areas of Responsibility:
- First tier of local government and grass-roots level;
- Helps to signpost local residents for any District, County or Policing matter;
- For services provided by others, (as above), the Town Council endeavours to ensure that these are dealt with effectively and in accordance with the wishes of the community;
- Lawn Cemetery;
- Statutorily consulted by Suffolk Coastal District Council and Suffolk County Council on any planning applications in Kesgrave;
- Maintains the Town Council Offices, Ferguson Way, Kesgrave – available for Officers to administer the Council’s services and activities on behalf of local people, for members of the public to call in and speak to staff and for all Town Council, public meetings; The Town’s flag pole is situated in this area too and this may make us easier for people to see;
- Community Hall – The Town Council owns and maintains, develops and promotes this community building – the Millennium Jubilee Hall, Millennium Way, Kesgrave – local clubs, groups, organisations and private hirers can use this modern, well-equipped, wonderful facility at reasonable hire rates. This is a not for profit service operated by the Council for its residents and local organisations.
- Street Furniture – The Town Council owns and maintains various benches, bins and bus shelters;
- Street Lighting – Although primarily it is Suffolk County Council who normally own and maintain street lighting, the Town Council owns and maintains some of the older units in the Town;
- Noticeboards, Directional Signage, Cycle Stands, the Town Sign, the Lynch-gate and Sculpture and Commemorative Sign – These are all owned and maintained by the Town Council;
- The Rupert Fison Square, Car-Park and Planters – These areas are owned and maintained by the Town Council;
- Kesgrave Market – The Council maintains and runs a community Market once a month on a Saturday;
- Kesgrave Town Council Youth Club (Tuesday Evenings) – The Council employs three Youth Club staff and Volunteers to run this facility each Tuesday evening in term-time at the Millennium Jubilee Hall. It has outsourced the Thursday Evening Club, but financially contributes and continues to actively support this so that this facility can continue;
- Oak Meadow Fitness and Play Equipment – This equipment is owned and maintained by the Town Council. The Fitness equipment is a new addition and improvement to the area, installed in 2017;
- Mobile Skate Park – This equipment is owned and maintained by the Town Council and allows for annual “pop-up” events for local children and young people;
- Grange Meadow – The Town Council has a basketball court in this area, which it owns and maintains;
- Cedarwood Green – The Town Council has a teen-shelter in this area, which it owns, manages and maintains;
- Legion Green – This area is maintained by the Town Council. The Town’s memorial is located here;
- Wildlife Pond – The Town Council maintains this, which is located near to Cedarwood School and about half way between Bell Lane and Kesgrave (Dobbs) Wood.
Council and its various Committees and Sub-Committees meet regularly to consider business throughout the year. Most meetings are open to the public who are very welcome to attend. To find out more about our meetings, to see agendas or to view minutes.
Link to – Meeting and Event Calendar
Link to – Minutes of meetings
TOWN COUNCIL CHAIRMAN
The Chairman of the Town Council is elected annually. The Chairman is available to attend and officially “open” many community events on behalf of local organisations.
Kesgrave Town Council consists of sixteen members who represent two different wards. (Kesgrave East has 8 seats and Kesgrave West has 8 seats). All Members elected or co-opted to serve on the Council are obliged to follow the local Code of Conduct and the rules, regulations and procedures as set out by the Town Council and by central Government.
Link to – Councillors
The Town Council employs a small, part-time, team of staff to support its activities. Find out more about the Town Clerk/Team and any upcoming vacancies.
Link to – Town Council Office
Kesgrave Town Council is committed to the principles of openness and transparency. Wherever possible, it aims to ensure that residents are able to access information about the work of the Council, its systems and procedures. The Town Council regularly (and at least annually), reviews its policies and procedures, the majority of which are publicly available to view.
Link to – Policies