St Olaves Ward - Bury St Edmunds



St Olaves Ward lies in the North Western side of the town of Bury St Edmunds and contains the whole of the new Marham Park development, all of the Howard Estate, part of the Northern Way Industrial Estate and part of the Mildenhall Road Estate. >> Click here for Map <<

West Suffolk Council

On April 1, 2019, the new West Suffolk Council came into being following the merger of the former St Edmundsbury Borough Council (which Paul was a Councillor on since May 2011) and Forest Heath District Council. The new council is represented by 64 councillors from across West Suffolk following the elections which were held on Thursday May 2nd, 2019. Paul won a landslide victory at the 2019 election, full details of which can be found by <clicking here>.

Bury St Edmunds Town Council

There are 2 Bury St Edmunds Town Council positions, one of which is vacant. Paul won a landslide victory at the 2019 election to be re-elected to the Town Council, but stepped down on September 13, 2020 as he felt it was more beneficial for the people he represented to concentrate on his West Suffolk Council duties.   

Suffolk County Council - Tower Division

Paul was a Suffolk County Councillor for Tower Division from 2005 to 2009. In the 2017 Suffolk County Council elections, he lost by just 5 votes (1828 to 1823). It just goes to show how important every single vote is.

St Olaves Ward Summary

So in summary, St Olaves Ward has the following 6 Councillor positions which can be (and in Paul's case, is) the same councillor holding the same office:-


  • Bury St Edmunds Town Council - 2 Councillors (St Olaves Ward).

  • West Suffolk Council - 2 Councillors (St Olaves Ward). Cllr Paul Hopfensperger + 1.

  • Suffolk County Council - 2 Councillors (Tower Division)



"Over the past few years, Cllr Paul Hopfensperger has supported our centre [Newbury Community Centre] with both his time and donations from his St Edmundsbury Borough Council and Bury St Edmunds Town Council locality budgets. He is always there if he is needed and has also helped considerably with the progress of delivering a new community centre for the people of St Olaves Ward."

Barbara Bannister 

Chair, Newbury Community Centre