Local Government functions in and around Beccles are undertaken by three levels (or tiers) of authority, Suffolk County Council, Waveney District Council and Beccles Town Council. Elections for the sixteen Town Council seats take place every four years, with members representing the four wards of Beccles which are Centre, Common, Darby and Rigbourne.
Beccles Town Mayor »
The Mayor of the Council is elected annually by a vote of the Council. Each year the Mayor chooses a charitable cause and raises money during his/her year of office.
Council Estate »
The Town Council owns a number of assets around the town, including industrial units on George Westwood Way and the Town Hall.
Town Clerks »
The day to day work of the Council is carried out by the Clerk to the Council, supported by administrative staff at the Town Hall. Contact details for the Town Hall are available on this page. Problems can be discussed and planning applications considered, some archive material can be found at the Town Hall, but most of the archives are lodged with the Records Office in Lowestoft. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the Town Hall is not currently open to the public.
Meeting Dates »
The Town Council meets monthly in the Council Chamber, at the Town Hall, on the first Tuesday. During the Covid-19 pandemic meetings have been moved to a virtual platform (Zoom).
The Planning Committee usually meets twice a month. The Finance and General Purposes, Assets and Environment and Personnel Committees meet as and when required. Working Parties are set up from time to time to deal with specific projects.
Minutes & Agendas »
Minutes of meetings can be viewed online – click here. Paper copies are available on request.
Beccles Town Council actively seeks to support every organisation in Beccles by attending meetings as a representative or functions through invitation. The Town Council also works alongside East Suffolk Council to achieve the best for Beccles. Beccles Town Council is the sole Trustee of the Beccles Fenland Charity Trust whose main purpose is to manage the lands granted to the town in the Royal Charter dated 1584 which include Beccles Common, marshes and allotments.
The Charter »
A newsletter called ‘The Charter’ is produced every six months (The Charter) and a copy is delivered to every household in Beccles, in order to keep the community of Beccles up to date with the Council views and news.