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Tuesday 2 January 2018

Councillor Election

Councillor Gayle Mallows resigned in November.  Filling the position is the responsibility of St Edmundsbury Borough Council.  Ten Clare electors have asked SEBC for an election to be held.  The timetable for this is to be found here; the poll is to be on Thursday 8 February, the date to be confirmed by the 31st January.  If two or more candidates are nominated, then the election will proceed.  If only one candidate is nominated, then no poll will be taken; that person will fill the vacancy unopposed.  If no candidates are nominated, the town council will asked to co-opt a person to fill the vacancy.

Friday 16 November

Our Clerk, Claire Ebeling has tendered her resignation and will be leaving at the end of the year. She will be greatly missed as during the six years she has been in post she has gained a reputation for being very knowledgable and efficient.

Wednesday 15 November

Gayle Mallows has resigned her position as a Town Councillor.  The official notice of a vacancy is to be found here.

Gayle’s hard work for our community will be missed: playing a key role in preparing for planning decisions, participating in community activities, chairing the previous Playing Fields Association, contributing to the Environment Committee, leading and organising the Community Plan, just being there in support of others on so many occasions.

Tuesday 7 November

One of our street wardens, Colin Smith has resigned.  We are very grateful for his steadfast work for our community over the years: a friendly face on our streets, keeping up the high standard of cleanliness. 

The vacancy is advertised here.

New regulations now apply on dog-fouling throughout Clare, from 1st October – this Public Spaces Protection Order can be seen on this page.  

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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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