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Bury St Edmunds Town Council - Annual Town Meeting 2019

Cllr Paul Hopfensperger delivers the 2019 Bury St Edmunds Town Council Annual Report. Photo: Cllr Richard Rout.

At the first meeting of the newly elected Bury St Edmunds Town Council on Wednesday May 15, 2019, Cllr Paul Hopfensperger was elected to be the Vice Chairman of the council. This is the second time he has had the honour of being Vice Chairman, the first being in 2005 when the same role carried the title of Deputy Mayor of Bury St Edmunds. His first act as Vice Chairman was to Chair the Annual Meeting of the Bury St Edmunds Town Council on Wednesday May 29th in the absence of the Chairman, Cllr. Peter Thompson who was on annual leave.

Item 4 of the agenda was to deliver the Chairman's report of his year in office. As this was a newly elected council with neither the previous Chairman or Vice Chairman having been re-elected, and the Chairman on annual leave, the Vice Chairman delivered a brief report of the achievements of the council over the past year. The full report can be downloaded here (.PDF):-

Cllr Paul Hopfensperger's Report to Bury St Edmunds Town Council 29/06/2019

Through this post, and my letter to the Bury Free Press on Friday June 7th, 2019, Paul would officially to thank the many Bury St Edmunds residents and community organisations who attended the Annual Town Meeting. This annual event, is a very unique meeting in council terms and gives people who live in the parish of Bury St Edmunds, an open forum in which to engage with not only Bury St Edmunds Town Councillors, but Bury St Edmunds based West Suffolk Councillors and Suffolk County Councillors.

As reported in the Bury Free Press on Friday May 31, 2019, top of the agenda for discussion was the state of the pavements and illegal/lack of parking facilities, especially in the historic core. Bury St Edmunds Town Council were lucky to have two members of Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet on hand to help with these issues. Cllr Paul Hopfensperger would like to personally thank Cllr. Beccy Hopfensperger, who represents part of St Olaves Ward as a County Councillor (Marham Park) and Cllr. Richard Rout who represents the Hardwick Division. Both of them rushed back from their Suffolk County Council duties at the Suffolk Show in Ipswich to attend, and their input was invaluable to assist with the answering of questions raised by members of the public.

Deep in discussion with Bury St Edmunds Residents. Photo: Cllr Rebecca Hopfensperger.

Speeches and thanks were given by organisations helped by the town council over the past year, including by representatives of  The Abbey of St Edmund Heritage Partnership, Bury St Edmunds Lions Club, Churchgate Area Association, Cotton Lane Allotments Association, Gatehouse, The Newbury Community Association, Greener Growth, RWSfm, St Nicholas’ Hospice Care and one of the Bury St Edmunds Town Council sponsored Police Community Support Officers, employed by Suffolk Constabulary.

Once again, thank you to everyone who attended, and we look forward to seeing more people than ever attend next year’s meeting ON Wednesday May 27, 2020.


External links to this story

(1) 31/05/2019 - Bury Free Press by Laura Nolan.

(2) 07/06/2019 - Letter to Bury Free Press by Cllr. Paul Hopfensperger.


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