Every year Reepham Town Council holds an annual town meeting where local residents and others who have an interest in the well-being of the town and parish of Reepham and of its residents have the opportunity to meet councillors and to discuss matters of common interest in an informal setting.
This year’s town meeting will be held at 7 pm on Wednesday 8 May in the Town Hall, Church Street, Reepham, and will be followed by the annual town council meeting when the new town councillors will take office and the chairman and vice-chairman will be elected.
Members of the public are encouraged to come to these meetings, to raise any concerns they may have and to find out how the town council conducts the business of supporting our community.
Local elections on 2 May
2019 is an election year for district, town and parish councillors and elections are being held on Thursday 2 May.
In Reepham polling is taking place in the Bircham Centre, Market Place, from 7 am until 10 pm, and we are looking forward to a large representative turnout.
Because there were only eight candidates standing for election for the 12 vacancies on the Town Council, the nominated candidates have been elected uncontested. However, the election for our Broadland District councillor will continue to take place.
The town councillors elected uncontested are: Sarah Fisher, Mark Lester, Jools Line, Paul Mitchell, Les Paterson, Matthew Steel Robert Taylor and Anne Woollett, who will take office at the Annual Town Council Meeting to be held on Wednesday 8 May.
We still need four additional councillors to reach our full complement of 12 and would welcome expressions of interest from anybody who would like to support our community and be a part of the decision-making process.
The Town Council has been working closely with Broadland District Council and Norfolk County Council to alleviate parking problems in the town centre.
The Town Council has agreed in principle to re-designate the Station Road car park as a short-stay car park and offer the car park at Stimpson’s Piece for long-stay parking.
Subject to funding being available, the necessary signage will be installed, hopefully in the near future.
The use of Stimpson’s Piece for additional parking was demonstrated forcibly during the recent road resurfacing of the Townsend Corner crossroads and Station Road when the car park was closed and local people, particularly those working in the town centre, used the long-term, off-road parking available at Reepham’s recreation ground.
In support of the use of Stimpson’s Piece car park for long-stay parking we are also proposing a “Park & Stride” scheme to encourage people to park away from the town centre and walk in, emphasising the health benefits of the additional exercise and the reduction of air pollution within the town centre.
Mobile phone coverage
Following a recent unfortunate emergency in the town centre, it has become obvious that, in the event of an accident or emergency, the mobile phone coverage in the Market Place and nearby public buildings is not reliable and cannot be relied upon to summon assistance.
The Town Council is again working with our partners at the District and County Councils and with other interested groups to improve mobile phone signal coverage in the town.
Town Hall entrance
The new entrance lobby has now been completed and will be a large improvement on the former entrance. Users are now able to access the Town Hall direct from the lobby rather than through the rather poorly lit and uninviting former entrance. It also means the hall now has a dedicated furniture store.
- Wednesday 1 May: Town Hall Management Committee Annual General Meeting
- Wednesday 8 May: Annual Town Meeting, 7 pm, followed by Annual Reepham Town Council Meeting and Stimpson’s Piece Charity Trustee Annual General Meeting
- Wednesday 12 June: Reepham Town Council meeting, followed by Stimpson’s Piece Trustee meeting
All meetings are held in the Town Hall, Church Street, Reepham, starting at 7.30 pm unless otherwise advertised.
Local residents, businesses and organisations and other members of the public are welcome to attend to raise issues and make their views known to councillors at the beginning of every meeting.
Contact: Reepham Town Council, Town Hall, Church Street, Reepham, Norfolk NR10 4JW. Tel: 01603 873355. Email