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Editorial

Friday 12 May

Last year’s Community Survey is now published; it is available on this website here.   Hard print copies (including one in large print) will shortly be available in the Library.  A short summary of the Highlights is being distributed to all residents in the coming days.  Many action points have been drawn up; these will form the core of what the council hopes to achieve.

Over the coming months, the future of Clare will be subject to close examination as we have to prepare for a strategic response to how St Edmundsbury Borough Council views us, in terms of housing development, transport infrastructure and so many other issues.  They are starting to draw up their plans beyond 2031.

We have not yet chosen which route to follow: Neighbourhood Plan, Town Master Plan, do nothing.  We trust the last is not one we would choose for our community.

Whatever we adopt, it will take not just the hard work of councillors and the council’s officers, but it will be the involvement of the whole of Clare, its businesses, its voluntary organisations, its various charitable trusts and its individuals that will determine our success.

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Clare is an historic market town in West Suffolk, bordered by the Stour, halfway between Haverhill and Sudbury.  It has a country park with a ruined castle, moats and walks as well as a complete former railway station.  The town has wide range of shops and services, set amongst multiple historic buildings.

Clare Town Council represents the residents of Clare, 2028 at the 2011 census.  Given its status as a key service centre, in 2012 the then Parish Council renamed itself as a Town Council, gaining no additional powers but positioning itself as Suffolk’s smallest town.  It is responsible for street cleaning, public benches, grass-cutting, tree maintenance and a cemetery as well as the ownership of several assets.  It is statutorily consulted on planning matters.  It contributes to a wide range of community groups and voluntary organisations.

The Clare Community Association promotes community involvement.  It gathers news of all local events and publishes them – see the Events page.  There are a host of voluntary groups within the town, covering a range of ages and interests; we hope the details we have gathered on our pages will encourage more people to join in their activities.

There is a useful public Facebook page for things happening in Clare, small local Facebook Our Town Clareevents, music, demonstrations.  Warning: we will not post any links to Facebook pages that are private, unmoderated or allow trolls to start arguments and/or upset people.  Harassment of local folk is unacceptable.

facebookNote: where the Facebook logo is displayed, there will be an active link to the page of that group or business.  Contents may be not visible if you are not a member of Facebook.  

West Suffolk has a useful page of information, highways, nearby planning, schools…….contacts & links: within this page you can add your own postcode to see what is available.

wikipediaWikipedia has a long article on Clare, covering history, architecture, facts and figures; there are links within the article to the castle, the Common, the de Clares, the railway.

There’s an attractive blog: Ten reasons to live in Clare.  The Sunday Times included Clare in its 50 best rural places to live in Britain – it was only 13th alphabetically!

Visitors to Clare are invited to the new website: Visit Clare.

Please note clare-uk.com is no longer supported by the Town Council.

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