Howard Estate Association of Residents and Tenants (H.E.A.R.T.)


H.E.A.R.T. - A Fundamental Part of Being a Ward Councillor for St Olaves Ward...

Since first being elected to represent the people of St Olaves Ward as Suffolk County Councillor for Tower Division in 2005, it has been a fundamental part of my role to attend the monthly meeting of the Howard Estate Association of Residents and Tenants (H.E.A.R.T.). Not all ward councillors agree, and many of them, especially the current Suffolk County Councillors for Tower Division, rarely if ever attend. On many occasions, I am the only elected member there, and I try to do my best to deal with the issues raised.


H.E.A.R.T. is the democratically elected residents association for the Howard Estate. It is there run by the people, for the people. Anyone who lives on the estate can attend to discuss any issues concerning them. There is also normally a Havebury Officer, a West Suffolk Council Locality Officer and occasionally a Police Officer in attendance. 

When and Where Does H.E.A.R.T. Meet?

NOTE! Due to COVID-19 H.E.A.RT is not Currently Meeting

H.E.A.R.T. meets every 3rd Monday of the month (except August) in the Newbury Community Centre on St Olaves Road at 7pm for 7:15pm start. Getting there at 7pm allows people to mingle and chat to each other.

My Monthly Reports

Every month, I give a report on what is happening locally, either on the ward or on each of the councils. Over the years I have lost some of these reports from my PC, but the ones I have located, I have placed below for you to download and see what I have been doing on your behalf. They are in .PDF format. Just click on the .PDF image OR the meeting date to download the report.

Cllr Paul Hopfensperger - 2018 - 2020 Reports to H.E.A.R.T.

  • Monday January 20, 2020 - Topics include: Action NOT Party Politics - Always, Clay Road/Marham Park Footpath Update, Christmas Day Visits to Gatehouse and Allison's Eatery as Deputy Mayor, Carnival Update including "Carnival Court" Funday - February 01, 2020, West Suffolk Council Car Parking Review, Abbey of St Edmunds, 1,000 Years Celebrations, Update on Items requested at last month's H.E.A.R.T. Meeting (Moving of benches & St Olaves Precinct Kite Boxes Maintenance).


  • Monday December 16, 2019 - Topics include: Bury St Edmunds Constituency General Election 2019 Update and Thank You to those who Voted for Me, West Suffolk Council Full Council - Tuesday December 17th 2019, My proposed Gatehouse Visit as Deputy Mayor on Christmas Day, Suffolk County Council Boundary Review and 2021 Election Date, Update on Marham Park footpath and Litter Bin at the end of Clay Road, Update on empty House in St Olaves Road as requested at last month's meeting.

  • Monday November 18, 2019 - Topics include: Howard Estate wins three Awards at the 2019 Bury Free press/Bury St Edmunds Town Council Community Awards, Two new Litter Bins installed at Oakes Road Bus Stops as requested on the H.E.A.R.T. Facebook Page, New Litter Bin to be installed at the end of Clay Road/Marham Park Footpath, Defibrillator Update, West Suffolk Operational Hub opened/New Bin Collection Days, Standing for Parliament on December 12, 2019.

  • Monday October 21, 2019 - Topics include: New Community Centre, Carousel Children's Centre and Associated Housing - Planning Application Submitted, Update on Cllr. Paul Hopfensperger Standing for Parliament and ways you can help by donating to his election fund, We are bringing back the Bury St Edmunds Carnival on Saturday June 13, 2020, Update on the provision of a Defibrillator and the purchase of the St Olaves Precinct Telephone Box by Bury St Edmunds Town Council.

  • Monday September 16, 2019 - Topics include2019 Community Awards in Association with the Bury Free Press and Bury St Edmunds Town Council, Western Way Development - Bridge over the A14 and Rail Halt Update, 2019 Bury St Edmunds Battle of Britain Parade, Update on the proposed location of a Defibrillator, Update on proposed memorials for two pupils who died at Howard Primary School in the 1970's, Exciting update on the new Newbury Community Centre and associated housing, Cllr. Paul Hopfensperger is standing for Parliament.

  • Monday August 15, 2019 - Topics include: - H.E.A.R.T. does not meet in August.

  • Monday July 15, 2019 - Topics include: Update from the Marham Park Developers following presentation on July 10, 2019, Bury St Edmunds Town Council re-instate the role of Mayor of Bury St Edmunds as requested by H.E.A.R.T., Report from the 538th Annual Jankyn Smyth Day on June 27, 2019, Update on proposed memorial at Howard Primary School, Update on Defibrillator at the Newbury Community Centre, Invitation to July 16th West Suffolk Full Council meeting, Oakes Road Woods & Nature Trail littering problems.

  • Monday June 17, 2019 - Topics includePersonal Attacks from a Suffolk County Councillor, Grass Cutting at the Old Howard Primary School Site, Beard Road Neighbour Problems Update, Bury St Edmunds Town Council Annual Meeting Report, Trees, Trees, Tress! - How to Report Tree Problems via the Suffolk County Council Website, General Ward Issues being Dealt With, Election Manifesto Update, Oakes Road Bus Stops Update, Important GDPR Contact Requirements for Dealing with Ward Issues.

  • Monday May 20, 2019 - Topics include: Bury St Edmunds Town Council & West Suffolk Council election results, Report from the 1st meeting of the Bury St Edmunds Town Council, Mental Health Services - Local Points of Contact, Political makeup of the new West Suffolk Council, Important information about new Post Office & Cafe, Bridge to ASDA update - needs YOUR HELP, Bury St Edmunds Town Meeting - YOUR meeting, The best way to contact me - NOT via Facebook Messenger.


  • Monday April 15, 2019 - Topics include: My first report as one of your West Suffolk Councillors, Explanation of the St Olaves Ward Bury St Edmunds Town Council and West Suffolk Council Elections which will take place on May 2nd 2019,  Update on the new Newbury Community Centre with associated housing, New Post Office and Allison's Eatery - Vegan Cafe update, A personal note from me should this be my last H.E.A.R.T. meeting following the May 2nd Election results.


  • Monday March 18, 2019 - Topics include: St Edmundsbury Borough Council to cease to exist on March 31st, 2019 and be replaced by West Suffolk Council, Bury St Edmunds Town Council and West Suffolk Council Elections - May 2nd 2019, Another new Police Community Support Officer joins the Bury St Edmunds Town Council Team, New Newbury Community Centre Update, New Post Office and Vegan Cafe gets Planning Permission and is set to open in May 2019.


  • Monday February 18, 2019 - Topics include: Cllr Paul Hopfensperger to design and finance a new Memorial Plaque in Howard Primary School for Paul Bayford, Len Bayford and Christopher Sanders if re-elected to West Suffolk Council in May 2019 elections, Former PC Mark Ellis to join Bury St Edmunds Town Council as a P.C.S.O., O% Council Tax Rise on Bury St Edmunds Town Council and St Edmundsbury/West Suffolk Councils, New Newbury Community Centre and associated housing on target to start work in Autumn 2019.

  • Monday January 21, 2019 - Topics include: £8,465.00 presentation to Colin and Jo White, West Suffolk Council & Bury St Edmunds Town Council Elections 2019, Bury St Edmunds Town Centre Masterplan Update (Former Town Centre Post Office Building update & Next Steps), St Olaves Precinct Post Office Planning Application, Bury St Edmunds Town Council PCSOs Update, Sign for deceased 5 year old boy in former Howard Primary School, Sheds/Wooden Buildings in Front Gardens on The Howard Estate.

  • Monday December 17, 2018 - Topics include: Howard Estate Children's Christmas Party, Colin and Jo White Fundraising Update, Update on the Mayor of Bury St Edmunds/Civic Leadership Review, Howard Memorial Orchard Update, Working with USAFE to create a "Forest Schools" Project, Post Office Widened Link to The Arc Update, Upbeat receive Queen's Award for Volunary Service at the Newbury Community Centre.

  • Monday November 19, 2018 - Topics include: Bury St Edmunds Town Council St Edmunds Day Awards, St Olaves Precinct Post Office/Cafe/Shop update, Remembrance Day Parade 2018, Children's Christmas Party 2018, St Edmunds Day Ceremony 2018, Western Way Public Service Village Update (including bridge to ASDA), St Olaves Precinct Rubbish Update, New Newbury Community Centre Update, Colin and Jo White Fundraising Update.

  • Monday October 15, 2018 - Topics include: Tollgate Primary School visit to Oakes Road Woodland Project, Update on Vandalised Benches, Children's Halloween and Christmas Parties, Proposed new Cafe and Post Office in St Olaves Precinct, Western Way Public Service Village - £100 Million+ Upgrade, New Litter Bin in Hunter Road, The Teazers E.P. - Fundraising for St Nicholas' Hospice, Update on Police SNT visit to St Olaves Precinct.


  • Monday September 17, 2018 - Topics include: Nature trail through Oakes Roads Woods, Vandalised Benches update, New water heater for the Newbury Community Centre, Report from the Fete on August 11th, Update on the new Newbury Community Centre, Presentation to Newbury Community Centre Chair Barbara Bannister for her Outstanding Contribution to the Community, Update on new litter bin at Oakes Road Play Area.

  • Monday August 20, 2018 - Topics include: - H.E.A.R.T. does not meet in August.