Welcome

Welcome to the Town of Leiston, with the adjoining hamlet of Sizewell, which is situated on the Suffolk coastline and countryside. With a population of just 5,800 residents Leiston and Sizewell have an array of attractions and shops to offer. Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council are pleased to boast such a wonderful town, steeped in industrial history and which has buckets of character.

The Council offer many amenities for the town, including Suffolk’s Oldest Purpose Built Cinema – Leiston Film Theatre, a Skate Park, a Community Orchard as well as many peaceful walks to be enjoyed by all on two legs, four legs or on wheels!

The Town Council provides local services, help and support for residents, local business, organisations and events, why not check out what the Council are doing for you….

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Town Council Meetings

Town Council meetings are always held on the first Tuesday of the month, excluding August, where Council take a break. Agendas, Minutes and Account documents for each meeting is record and held at the Town Council Offices, should you wish to have a copy please contact the Town Clerk on: email: townclerk@leistontowncouncil.gov.uk or phone: 01728 830833 (Office hours).

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Contact Us

Town Clerk: Mrs Caroline Rinder
Email: townclerk@leistontowncouncil.gov.uk

Assets Officer: Mrs Hannah Everett-Spearing
Email: assets@leistontowncouncil.gov.uk

Admin Assistant: Beverly Kemp
Email: office@leistontowncouncil.gov.uk

Telephone: (01728) 830388

Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council,
Council Offices,
Main Street,
Leiston,
IP16 4ER

Office Opening Hours:
Monday/Tuesday: 9:00am to 12:30pm and 2:00pm to 4:45pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday/Friday: 9:00am to 12:30pm

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Town Councillors

Leiston–cum–Sizewell Town Council has 15 members, 1 of which is also in the District Council. See who your Councillors are:

Chairman: Mr John Last
Vice-Chairman: Mr Tony Cooper
Mr David Bailey
Mr Bing Boast
Mrs Nicky Corbett
Mr David Dix
Mrs Susan Geater
Mr Colin Ginger
Mr Phil Harle
Mr Trevor Hawkins
Mrs Selena Levermore
Mrs Lesley Hill
Mr Daivd Morsely
Ms Mary Anne Woolf

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Residents

Leiston is a thriving town with lots to offer residents and tourists, from outstanding schools to nights out. To find out more about what is happening in Leiston or to gain more information about the local services Leiston has to offer, please click on the links above.

Leiston is lucky to have a number of groups and bodies who want to be able to offer Leiston more.

Leiston Events Group who organised a number of events each year for residents and visitors to enjoy, whether its ice skating at Christmas or Cinema in the Park during the summer, there is something for everyone.

Leiston Together which has four priorities: The Town Regeneration, Health and Well being in Leiston, Business Support and the Provision for Youth Adults.

The Leiston Community Land Trust, which has been set up to allow the community to own and manage local assets and to meet the needs of the locals. They are currently working on the regeneration of the town centre.

To find out more about these great groups and more, simple click on the links above. That’s not all the Town Council also has some great facilities available to residents and tourist, simply visit the Facilities page to find out what is available today.

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Leiston in Bloom

For many years now Leiston has come into bloom in the spring and summer months by some gorgeously wonderful hanging baskets, produced by Geaters Flowers. During the spring and summer months the high street is certainly brought alive with the beautiful colours and green foliage. This couldn’t be possible without the help of the local businesses who sponsor these baskets. Without their contributions we wouldn’t be able to have as many baskets as we do. We receive some wonderful comments from residents and tourist who enjoy seeing the town look so full of colourful!

 It was a bit touch and go whether we were able to get our hanging baskets out this year, but many thanks to Geaters and NORSE for making it possible. A BIG thanks must go to the kind sponsors for the 2020 Hanging Baskets, who still supported this despite the difficult circumstances we have all been dealing with and the economic pressures on them;

Belle Coaches
Druce Estate Agents
EDF Energy
Ellis Offshore LTD
Lady Dyes
Leiston Veterinary Clinic
Marshall & Lilley
NJB Contractors
Seahawks Fish & Chips
Victory Car Sales

If you would like to sponsor a Hanging Basket next year, please email: assets@leistontowncouncil.gov.uk or call: 01728 830388

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Play Parks and Open Spaces

King George’s Park and Leiston’s Orchard

King George’s Play Park can be found near Alde Valley High School and Leiston Primary School. This wonderful green open space gives children plenty to do, from whizzing down a zip line to playing football.

With two great play parks to choice from, no matter the age, your child can find something to play on. If they prefer to ride on two wheels instead of running and climbing, then don’t forget to bring their BMX bike and see if they can tackle our BMX Track!

If you need somewhere to sit and enjoy a picnic why not head over to Leiston’s Community Orchard. Our Orchard is in the early days of its life, but includes many apple trees and memorial trees. This offers a get space for peace and to enjoy the wild life that can be found among the wild flower meadow.

It doesn’t end there, there is also a large sports field next to the Orchard where you are welcome to play your favourite sports or maybe even go fly a kite.

So if your feeling adventurous then let’s go fly a kite!

Victory Park

Victory Park can be found on Park Hill and Victory Road. This park has lots to offer no matter your age. With a small play ground for little ones to play in and a Skate Park for those who enjoy travelling on four wheels. It doesn’t stop there, if you enjoy exercise then why not try out the free Outdoor Gym, whether you favour the cardio or weighs there is something there for you. If you prefer to take things a little slower but have a thirst for some friendly competition then why not use our Boules Piste!

This park is not only great for those on two legs but also ideal for taking our four legged friends for a walk as well. And not forgetting you can also play a spot of football.

The park also often plays host to a number of events, in the past these have included, Funfairs, Outdoor Cinema and Family Fun days, do check out our Town Diary or the Leiston Events Group page for news on any upcoming events!

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Dog Fouling

Many of you are rightly disgusted and upset when you find dog mess left in our parks and on footpaths.

The only way we can stop this if the culprits are reported and fined.

The only way this will happen is if you report the culprits with enough information to enable the East County Council to take action. Please look at the East County Council website for guidance on reporting dog fouling:

https://www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/environment/environmental-protection/animals/dog-control/dog-fouling/

Your name and address will remain confidential throughout the process and your anonymity will be assured.

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Leiston Allotments

Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council own two allotment sites within Leiston, with over 200 allotment plots available to residents of Leiston and Sizewell.

Allotments can be a lovely place to grow your fruit and veg or to look after some chickens, but please be aware that they are a lot of work and do require a lot of your time, so please do think carefully before taking up the challenge! Overgrown and neglected allotments will be taken back by the Town Council.

Leiston is also lucky to have a Leiston Allotment Holders and Gardeners Association (LAHGA) which offers competitive prices on gardening supplies at their shop, as well as a 10% discount on gardening supplies at Coopers in Leiston. The association are always about to offer free gardening tips and legal advice. They also hold an annual show, where members can bring along their prized vegetables and plants as well as entering into other categories. If you are interested in becoming a member then please do head to the Allotment Shop at the Valley Road allotments on a Saturday between 10am to 12 noon to sign up!

 To apply for an allotment plot, please email: assets@leistontowncouncil.gov.uk or call: 01728 830388. Please note that the demand for an allotment is very high and there is often a waiting list. Once we receive your email or call, we will get back to you to inform you of your position on the waiting list, however we can not confirm the length of time before we can offer you an allotment plot.

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Allotments Etiquette

Great News you have just signed the paperwork for your first allotment plot…..but what to do first, where to dig, what to plant, where’s the water tap, when can I have a bonfire?….. It can be a bit of a mine field out there, so here’s a few handy tips to help you get started!

Getting Digging

The key to allotment success is hard work and time! From week one of having your allotment you will need to work your plot, from digging your beds to weeding!

For the first few weeks, ideally you should allow at least four hours a week to work your plot – cultivating the land, tiding the plot and preparing to grow your plants.

Unfortunately not all allotment plots are left in a good condition which means you may find the first couple of weeks is clearing your plot and planning where you want to plant things or deciding the best place for your shed! Three key things to do when you start your plot are;

1. CULTIVATION

Digging your plot can be extremely daunting, especially if the plot is overgrown, so don’t try and get all your digging done in one day. Instead make a plan and dig sections over a few days. Ensure you are using the right tools (this will certainly save your back!). A Mattock (a pickaxe-shaped tool) and a small fork are idea for digging out clods of earth. Don’t forget that what you dig over is your best growing soil so don’t just pile it on one side of your allotment!

2. WEEDS AND CHEMICALS

It’s hard to know what is best for getting rid of those perennial weeds, many allotment holders would prefer to have organic plots, so planning one well-timed careful application of herbicide can make all the difference in the early stages of your allotment. This can help clear the perennial weeds and will greatly reduce the chance of them coming back.

Please be sure to read your herbicide and other chemicals carefully and perhaps consult with your neighboring plot if you are spraying, so you don’t accidentally catch their plants! They might even have some handy tips of their own about getting rid of the weeds.

Remember perennial weeds can spread fast so act quickly and swiftly to prevent these weeds from spreading, you don’t want the weeds doing the rounds!

3. CLEARING

Not all previous allotment holders will take their belongs away, some will leave sheds or tunnels, which you can make good use of and then some may leave other unwanted rubbish. This will need to be cleared, to give you a good start at your plot. The local dump will take most things and the council does provide a skip every 6 months, for those bigger items you can’t get rid of.

The clearance can take a couple of months, so don’t be downhearted if you can’t get to growing straight away, getting your plot prepared and ready will allow for better crops!

Also remember that some rubbish should not be burnt (please check with the Allotment Holder Responsibilities and Regulations) not only will you cause a nuisance to other plot holders and local residents you can potentially toxicate your soil!

DON’T FORGET NO BONFIRES ON A SUNDAY OR MONDAY.

Allotment Inspection

Allotments are inspected regularly throughout the year, to help ensure the allotment site is in a good and safe state. The Council will walk around the allotments at any time and will note any allotment plots that could do with a little more work to ensure weeds are not spreading to other plots!

Once you have signed your Tenancy Agreement you are given three months to show you are working on your plot (no less than 40% cultivated), if you feel that the allotment is too much for you or you just don’t have the time then please let us know as soon as possible and before your three months probationary period. If we find that your plot has seen no or very little work done within the first three months, then your tenancy will be terminated.

It is also important to let us know if something has happened within your personal circumstances which means you have been unable to work over your plot, but you are still wishing to carry on with your plot, as we will then be able to take this in to consideration when sending out Weed Notice Letters.

Weed Notice Letters are sent out to those plots that need cultivating and ensuring all flowering weeds are disposed of as well as keeping their plot generally tidy. The letters give the tenant four weeks to make a start on what was requested, whether it was to cultivate the plot or to tidy up any rubbish. If no sign of improvement is made then the tenancy may be terminated.

These inspections are designed to keep everyone safe and growing their plants in a happy and peacefully environment, they are not their to snoop or to cause an offense to anyone.

Allotment Etiquette

Your allotment is your own little sanctuary, your home away from home or your ‘me’ time….whatever it means to you it’s a fair assumption to make that it means something similar to your allotment neighbour. When you become apart of the allotment community it often means that certain unspoken ‘Allotment Etiquette’ is expected to be followed.

To help you find your feet and become a member of the allotment community without unwittingly putting your foot in it, find below some handy hints to whatever is ‘not’ being talking about!

1. Getting to Know your Neighbours: Most Allotment sites have a warm community spirit as you are all there for the same reason, so your allotment neighbour could even become your best friend. They are often a source of advice and knowledge, spare seeds and even manual help if your struggling. So how to ensure this friendship doesn’t turn south, a few simple do’s and don’ts should help;

DO’s

Treat them how you want to be treated.
Ask for their advice – they know the soil after all!
Offer to help, if they have a particularly tricky job to do.
Share what left over seeds, plants or even vegetables you have.
Be willing to learn from them.
DON’TS

Play loud music.
Let your plot get overgrown, weed spores spread quickly!
Let your dog run wild.
Light bonfires on a windy day.
Plant tall bushes or trees which will cast a shadow on their plot.
Go over board with the chemical weed killer, especially if you know your neighbor has an organic plot. Also be careful how you apply it as it may blow on to their plot.

2. Cultivation: It is important to keep as much as your plot cultivated as possible. Plots are easier to look after if the plot is free from weeds! Remember to rotate your crops each year, you will find they grow better if they are not always grown in the same place year after year after year! Always keep your boarder and shared pathways on your plot clear to use and free from weeds. While certain weeds are important for wildlife, it is important to achieve a balance that works for everyone. If you are planning on allowing some weeds grow for nature then please ensure that they are cut back before re-seeding. Strimming is also an excellent way of clearing overgrown sections of your plot, just be careful what you do with the cuttings!

3. Keeping Animals: Allotments plots can be great for keeping chickens, not only does your plot get dug over and fertilised but you can enjoy the freshly laid eggs. Be mindful of the the Regulations set out by the Town Council on keeping chickens, as well as ensuring the chickens can’t escape into your neighbors plot. It is also good practice to ensure the chickens are locked up each night and all feed is stored away to help prevent an infestation of rats.

Dogs are always welcome at the allotments but they must stay within your own allotment plot or on a lead. Do not allow them to enter neighbouring plots or allow them to bark the whole day through!

4. Bonfires: Don’t light a bonfire on a windy day and it’s always a good idea to ask your neighbour before lighting it, they might not want to be working next to the smoke, but may only be there for an hour, so the fire could wait until they have gone. Ensure that all fuels kept to start fires are kept in a suitable container and at a safe distance from the fire. It is also important to make sure there is no wildlife living in the materials that you are looking to burn. Leiston allotments are strict with no bonfires on a Sunday or Monday!

5. Be Water Wise: Water is always in need, so it’s a good idea to set up your own water butt or two to help on busy days, when getting near a tap is hard going as everyone is wishing to water their plants! Remember that everyone is in the same boat, so don’t attach your hose to a tap and leave it on for an hour or so, it’s not a polite thing to do.

6. Be Considerate when Planting: Avoid planting tall trees and invasive plants, such as bamboo and willows. Also think carefully about where to plant other invasive plants such as strawberries, squash and sweet potatoes as these plants can take nutrients from neighbouring soil and compete with crops your neighbours have grown. Why not make use of some old drain pipes for strawberries – recycle and reuse old materials is great for your allotment as well as doing your bit to save the planet!

7. Share your Success: It’s not just about sharing your knowledge with others but also when you have had a bumper year and your freezer is packed, why not share out your crops for others to enjoy instead of letting them go to waste. Sharing out some extra crops, seeds and even lending out your tools can also be a sure fire way of making long lasting friends, what’s more you never know when you might need to borrow a spade!!

Top Tips

Our Top Tips for enjoying your allotment are;

1. Read the Regulations: When signing your tenancy agreement you would have been given the Allotment Holders Responsibilities and Regulations pack, which informs you on the do’ and don’ts of having an allotment in Leiston. Be sure you have read it because if you breech a regulation you may risk your tenancy!

2. Get Digging: Read our Get Digging page to ensure your start your allotment in the right way, ensuring you have a successful allotment year with your plants.

3. Remember the Basics: Do Not have bonfires on Sundays and Mondays and only burn organic materials – please see your Allotment Holders Responsibilities and Regulations for further burning guidance. Also remembering to never leave your bonfire unattended and to ensure it is out fully when leaving your plot.

Don’t be a water hog! There are lots of allotments plots and life will be nicer if we all shared and got along, so don’t spend hours with your hose attached to the tap. Be mindfully of others.

4. Be Careful What You Use: Getting rid of weeds is a never-ending battle. Some chemicals will destroy more than just those perennial weeds and laying carpet can often lead to your soil becoming toxic! Bark chippings can be great for small pathways but some chippings can also intoxicate your soil, leaving you unable to grown anything. With this all in mind, just remember to check the label and seek out advice if you are unsure!

5. Join the Club: Why not join the Leiston Allotment and Gardeners Association, great on value for seeds or gardening equipment and what’s more their advice is invaluable. Pop into the Allotment Shop on Valley Road on Saturdays between 10am to 12 noon for more information and to become a member.

Getting in Touch

If you have any problems or concerns about your allotment plot or about the allotment site in general please do get in touch with us, either by filling out the form below, by phone: 01728 830388 (Office Hours) or by post: Leiston Allotments, Council Offices, Main Street, Leiston, Suffolk, IP16 4ER.

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Schools

Leiston is lucky to not only have a Primary school and a Secondary school, but also a private Boarding School and a College, as well as a Children’s Centre and a Nursery.

Children’s Centre and Nursery

Alpha Nurseries re-opened the Shining Stars nursery in December 2018. They provide a range of fun activities, resources, and experiences to meet children’s individual needs and interests. Children have the opportunity to explore the outdoor area all year round and take part in physical activity, being adventurous in safety. Shining Stars is conveniently situated next to Leiston Children Centre.

Leiston and Meadow Children’s Centre is open every weekday for children under five years of age and their families, offering a full range of friendly, accessible services and support including: information and advice, stay and play groups, infant massage, the 0-walk group for under ones and much more. Pop along to have a chat with staff and other parents.

Primary School

Leiston Primary School is one of the founding schools behind Avocet Multi Academy Trust and welcomes children from reception to year 6. Leiston Primary School also home to Little Avocet’s which welcomes children of Nursery age.

Secondary School

Alde Valley Academy is part of the Waveney Valley Academies Trust, which aim to deliver the very best education and a nurturing learning environment. Where a culture of excellence and aspiration will enable and empower students to achieve to the highest levels, regardless of their social or economic background.

Private Boarding School

Leiston is also home to the famous private boarding school – Summerhill. Founded in 1921, it continues to be an influential model for progressive, democratic education around the world. Summerhill is probably the most famous alternative or ‘free’ school. The system that Summerhill employs is not only about education – it is also a different way of parenting which eliminates most of the friction and many of the problems experienced by modern families.

College

Suffolk New College on the Coast is linked with the Ipswich Suffolk New College which offers great vocational teaching in a specialist learning environment, helping provide young and old alike the chance to learn new skills, which will help them gain future employment or a place at university.

For more information on the these schools, why not head to their websites, simply click on the schools at the top of the page!

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Leiston Together

Leiston Together was formed as an enabling partnership in early 2017 by Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council and East Suffolk Council to support Leiston’s community by promoting the health and wellbeing of residents, improving the provision for young adults, and to supporting the economic prosperity of the town, including Town Centre regeneration.

Initially a three-year programme of work, Leiston Together has now been extended to December 2022 with an action plan which focuses on 6 priorities:
1. Leiston Future
2. Destination Leiston
3. Leiston People
4. Leiston Means Business
5. Greener Leiston
6. Digital Leiston

1. Leiston Future

Leiston Together works closely with the Leiston Community Land Trust, to help regenerate and revive Leiston’s High Street.

This ambitious vision for Leiston will work around a number of ‘zones’ being developed and refined as well as looking at the need to provide more affordable homes. For more information about this Town Regeneration please visit Leiston Community Land Trust – Inspiring Positive Change (leistonclt.co.uk)

In February 2022 East Suffolk Council appointed a Leiston Regeneration Project Manager to support the CLT and wider ambitions for Leiston. Watch this space!

2. Destination Leiston

Leiston together is pleased to be working with the Leiston Events Group, Leiston Town Council, Creative Leiston, Long Shop Museum and the Film Theatre on further developing Leiston as a destination.

The Leiston Events Group continues to organise fantastic events that help draw people into the town.

Visit Leiston website https://www.visit-leiston.co.uk/ is being updated and refreshed and new Town Information maps are due to be installed later in 2022 in key public locations.

Leiston Film Theatre hosts a Visitor Information Point and across the town you can pick up the Leiston Pocket Guides. These were created by Leiston Together and are a great way to tell people about Leiston and all it has to offer.

3.Leiston People

Health and Wellbeing is important to everyone and where you live can have a massive impact on your heath. Leiston Together is keen to help facilitate projects that ensure that people are getting the help and support they need to live well. Look out for an ongoing programme of activities.

Other local projects include the Leiston Dementia Project and Leiston Good Neighbour Scheme.

Leiston Together wants to improve the life opportunities and meet the needs of young adults in particular by improving the opportunities for further education, training and encouraging young people in their future careers. ‘Suffolk New College on the Coast,’ campuses in Leiston and Halesworth offer great vocational teaching in a specialist learning environments. Suffolk New College – on the coast

4. Leiston Means Business

Leiston Together recognise that it is important to support businesses within Leiston as these businesses help bring people into the town as well as serving the needs of the community. The Leiston Together Change Manager regularly sends out a News Update to the business community. Please get in touch if you would like to receive these regular updates.

5. Greener Leiston

Leiston Together is delighted to be working with Net Zero Leiston building a greener more prosperous future for the Town. Check out the latest news at Home – Net Zero Leiston

6. Digital Leiston

East Suffolk Council have announced the roll out of Digital Towns. Installation in Leiston is expected in late 2022 and will provide a digital platform for local businesses and a free WiFi zone in the centre of Leiston.

If you would like further information please contact Helen Greengrass, Leiston Together Change Manager: helen.greengrass@eastsuffolk.gov.uk

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Leiston Dementia Project

In 2018, Leiston-cum-Sizewell was recognised as working towards becoming a ‘dementia friendly’ town through a national scheme run by the Alzheimer’s Society. The aim of the scheme is to improve the community’s understanding of dementia and increase the support available to people living with dementia and family carers.

Dementia is an umbrella term for conditions which affect the brain. These conditions, such as Alzheimer ’s disease, may result in problems such as memory loss or finding it difficult to plan your day or do every day activities such as shopping. There are over 100 people living with dementia in the Leiston area and this number is due to rise in the future. It is possible for people to ‘live well’ with dementia if they have enough support and understanding and the opportunity to continue to do the things they enjoy.

Under the Alzheimer’s Society scheme, becoming a dementia friendly community means:
• Empowering people with dementia and recognising their contribution.
• Businesses and services that respond to customers with dementia.
• Ensuring that activities include people with dementia.
• Easy to navigate physical environment.
• Befrienders helping people with dementia to engage in community life.
• Challenging stigma and building awareness.
• Appropriate transport.
• Maintaining independence by delivering community based solutions.
• Ensuring early diagnosis and personalised and integrated care is the norm.
• Shaping the community around the views of people with dementia and their carers.

The Leiston Dementia Project was set up with the support of grants from Suffolk Coastal District Council (now East Suffolk Council) and Suffolk County Council to talk to local people and organisations about what could be improved. One of the results of this was setting up the Leiston Good Neighbour Scheme to provide volunteers to visit people who are socially isolated or who need support to join in local activities. Local organisations and businesses such as the Long Shop Museum have also had dementia awareness information sessions and in 2018, all of the Town Councillors became ‘dementia friends’.

If you would like to get involved or find out more do email leistondementiaproject@gmail.com or leave a note at the Town Council Offices and we will get in contact with you.

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Leiston Good Neighbour Scheme

The Leiston Good Neighbour Scheme (LGNS) provides free voluntary help to people who are socially isolated in Leiston, Sizewell and Knodishall. The aim of the scheme is to support people to improve their quality of life and to develop a sense of mutual help and friendship within the local community. For example our volunteers may visit someone regularly for a chat, give help to fill in a form, support someone to go to a coffee morning or other activity, do a minor repair, collect a prescription or do a small amount of shopping. We do not provide transport (for example to take someone to an appointment) because this is provided by the community transport service (CATS).

Volunteering for LGNS is very rewarding and volunteers can choose what they do and how often. For example some prefer regular befriending; others prefer giving occasional practical help. It’s a great way of meeting people if you are new to the area or wish to build your confidence and skills before returning to a paid job. People who use the service may also decide that they wish to volunteer and give something back to the scheme.

The LGNS has also organised group activities such as an outing to the Tea Dance at Snape Maltings and aims to do more of this in the future.

All volunteers have to complete a Disclosure & Barring Service check and an induction into our policies. This is to ensure they understand about important issues such as the confidentiality and privacy of personal information and handling money. All volunteers also have an ID badge which must be shown when they visit someone.

The scheme has a mobile phone which is held on a rota basis. They may not be able to answer straight away but if you leave a message they will call you back as soon as possible.

Contact us if you need a good neighbour or would like to be one.

Phone: 07724 777465

Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Email: leistongoodneighbour@gmail.com

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Leiston Events Group

The Leiston Events Group is a non-profit volunteer-run group which aims specifically to put on some of Leiston’s biggest free events, such as Leiston’s Big Weekend in the Summer and Leiston’s Winter Christmas Event.

We work closely with local businesses and other organisations to get the whole town involved in our events, and we do our best to make sure every event is different and memorable.

Every event we run has a number of different fun entertainers and crafty stalls and we usually have a few family favourites like a fun fair. Local clubs and groups are always invited to demonstrate what they do too.

Leiston businesses are encouraged to participate in some way, with window display competitions, smaller events, or by becoming stallholders. If you want to get involved, please contact us!

You can always get the latest information about our events at LeistonEvents.com, our Facebook Page, Instagram or Twitter accounts – Follow @LeistonEvents!

We’re always on the lookout for new event helpers and committee members to help us run the events. If you’re keen to help, please get in touch via leistoneventsgroup@gmail.com.

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Leiston Community Land Trust

The Leiston Community Land Trust (LCLT) allows the community to own and manage local assets to meet local needs. It is run by a Board of up to 9 Directors. All directors are volunteers elected to the Board by the Trust’s members.

The LCLT has been set up to deliver the town centre regeneration as determined by the people of Leiston through the Neighbourhood Plan. It can also take on any other land or buildings to create long-lasting social, economic and environmental improvements.

The LCLT is registered (No 7854) with the Financial Services Authority (FSA) as a Community Benefit Society. It is a member of the National CLT network.

The LCLT is an independent and non-profit organisation that works for the benefit of the local community starting with the regeneration of the town’s centre including;

The delivery of homes for local people to help meet the identified local need for homes that they would be able to afford.
The economic regeneration of the retail, leisure and civic amenities to encourage new and support existing resources.

Objects

Leiston CLT’s objects (Vision) are to mobilise the local community to create a professionally run, financially sound, locally controlled and sustainable organisation owning and operating community assets for the sole benefit of the Leiston community to enhance Leiston’s attraction as a place in which to live, work and visit through:-

Provision of homes for the benefit of local people who wish to purchase or rent at any stage of their life in a way that is accountable to the local community and that can offer a genuine alternative to commercial housing provision.
1. Development of the town centre to provide a sustainable focus for leisure, retail and civic activities.
2. Working with the Leiston community to provide future community assets.
Ensuring the homes and community assets we provide are maintained and operated for the long term benefit of the town.

Mission

Our Mission is to deliver the housing needs and town centre regeneration of Leiston in accordance with the Neighbourhood Plan and operate and maintain the community assets for the long term benefit of the town’s community.

We plan to :-

Deliver homes through acquring sites, developing new dwellings or buying and converting existing properties in the town, all with the objective of providing low cost housing that people can afford.

Develop the town centre to provide a central community focal point for outdoor events, leisure, retail and civic activity to encourage new and support existing resources and attractions to influence Leiston’s role as a destination.

We will also work with the Town Council and other community stakeholders to develop, operate and maintain community assets identified in the Neighbourhood Plan and through public consultation for the ongoing benefit of the community.

Membership Policy

Application for Full Membership is open to:

Any individual aged 18 or over living or working in Leiston-cum-Sizewell. (full Membership ceases if a Member no longer lives or works in Leiston-cum-Sizewell but can be converted to Associate Member on request)
Any corporate and un-corporate body active in Leiston-cum-Sizewell (represented by a nominated individual) which supports the objectives of the Trust and agrees to be bound by its Rules. (The Objects are laid out in full in the Rules of the Leiston CLT which are avaiable from the Registered Office).
Full Membership of the LCLT requires the purchase of a non-transferable share to the value of £1 (one pound).

Application for Associate Membership is open to:

Any individual, corporate or un-corporate organisation supporting the objects of the Trust and agreeing to be bound by it’s Rules. Associate Members are not able to purchase a share but are asked to make a donation.
Application for Full or Associate Membership should be made in writing to the Trust’s Registered Office accompanied by the £1 share purchase price or donation. Application form can be found HERE.

When considering application for membership, the Board will consider each application on its merit having regard to:

The Rules of the Society.
Potential conflicts of interest.
Benefits of Membership

Full membership of Leiston CLT allows you to:

Have a say in the direction and activities of the Trust through voting at the AGM.
Standing as or electing members to the Board.
Act as guardians of the Objects of the Trust and promote its interests.
Receive regular news and events information.
Have volunteering opportunities in a range and variety of community projects.

Membership Form

Please email: leistonclt@mail.com and a form cann be sent to you or drop into either the Town Council Offices (Main Street, Leiston, IP16 4ER) or the Leiston Community Land Trust Office (22 Sizewell Road, Leiston, IP16 4AB) accompanied by the £1 share purchase or donation.

Contact Us…

Leiston Community Land Trust are based at
22 Sizewell Road, Leiston, IP16 4AB
(opposite the Co-Op!).

The office is open on TUESDAY between 9.00am to 11.20am only, where you can talk to us and have a look at our future plans for the town.

Alternatively you can email us at: leistonclt@mail.com

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Neighbourhood Plan

The Neighbourhood Plan was put together by residents and the Town Council to chart the land use, leisure and amenity plans for Leiston over 15 years leading up to 2029 and, with a vote of confidence from the electorate, was formally adopted as part of the District Council’s Local Plan in February 2017. It has now become a planning document that developers have to pay due regard to.

The plan took four years to put together and involved 25 residents who gave their time to compile it as well as the many residents who attended consultation events and gave their views. The Town Council remain extremely grateful to them all for their time and help. This document will be extremely useful now as the Town Council, East Suffolk Council and the Leiston Community Land Trust work together to continue improving and enhancing Leiston over the years ahead.

The Neighbourhood Plan can be sent to you by contacting the Town Clerk. Email: townclerk@leistontowncouncil.gov.uk Phone: 01728 830388.

You can see the plan and all the associated documents relating to its inception and adoption, including the examiner’s report, on the East Suffolk website at this link:

http://www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/planning/neighbourhood-planning/neighbourhood-plans-in-the-area/leiston-neighbourhood-area/

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A Fairtrade Town

Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council supports Leiston as a Fairtrade Town.

A Fairtrade Town is a community which has made a commitment to supporting Fairtrade and using Fairtrade products. Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. By purchasing Fairtrade products we ensure that Fairtrade farmers receive a fair price for their goods – and there is also a ‘social premium’ which goes towards providing community facilities, such as clean drinking water. To find out more about Fairtrade, head to their website: https://www.fairtrade.org.uk/

In recognition of the town’s involvement in supporting Fairtrade Leiston was granted Fairtrade Town status in 2009 and is renewed annually, due to the hard work from the Fairtrade Steering Group.

Cllr Tony Cooper and Cllr Phil Harle are the Town Council’s representative for the Fairtrade Steering Group.

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Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council Newsletter

Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council brings out a newsletter quarterly each year. Which is packed full with details about what has been happening in Leiston and what you have to look forward to.

If you wish to have an article or wish to promote an event that is happening in Leiston or Sizewell then please ensure content is emailed to: assets@leistontowncouncil.gov.uk by the following dates;

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Waterloo Centre

The Waterloo Centre currently has a wonderful Gymnasium, which is ideal for badminton, netball, large meetings, craft markets and even gymnastics! The Centre also has a board room, which includes an interactive monitor and Wi-Fi capabilities, providing space for those important meetings or training courses. There are also three plain rooms, which can be turned into your ideal space, whether your looking at holding art classes, dance sessions or a reading club, this space could be just what you are looking for!

But that’s not all, there is also an outdoor Multi-Use-Games-Area and a Sports Field all available to hire.

To hire the Waterloo Centre then please contact Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council. Email: assets@leistontowncouncil.gov.uk or contact us directly on 01728 830388 (Office Hours).

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Community Centre

The ideal venue for a small gathering, whether you are celebrating a birthday, christening or just a family get together, the Community Centre provides you with enough space to sit 60 people and the kitchen facilities to provide them with a hot meal! The Centre can hold up to 110 people, so great for meetings or parties! What’s more it’s only £12 per hour to hire*

The Community Centre also has a pull down screen which is great for projector presentations or slide shows. (Projector not provided.)

There are also some great Community based clubs from Lunch club to Bingo which all meet at the Community Centre each month. For more information about these clubs please contact us at the Town Council or fill out the form below.

To hire the Community Centre then please contact Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council. Email: assets@leistontowncouncil.gov.uk or contact us directly on 01728 830388 (Office Hours).

*Additional cost for use of the cooker and dishwasher.

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Haylings Pond

Haylings Pond and Picnic Area is one of Leiston’s Best Hidden Gems!
This quiet spot is often a sun trap and a must for those who love to fish, but don’t forget you need to grab yourself a fishing permit to fish here (details below!). Haylings Pond offers more than fishing though, it can bring you your very own slice of tranquility, a place for you to lay back and watch the world go by or a place to sit and immerse yourself in a good book. Haylings Pond certainly takes you away from the busy high street to a peaceful place surrounded by nature, who knows what you might spot…

Leiston Youth and Community Angling Society (LYCAS)

We welcome old and new members.

Fishing permits priced annually are:
Adults: £15.00
Junior/Seniors: £10.00

Junior Matches start on Wednesday 15th April, 5.30pm for 6pm start.
Adult Matches on Friday 17th April, 5.30pm for 6pm start.
Please remember to book your place with either Gary Whiting or David Buggs by phone beforehand.

Haylings pond is stocked with carp up to 10lbs. Tench, Perch, Roach and Rudd can all be found in this pond!
Remember this is a fishing pond, you may only use worms, maggots and bread, strictly no barbed hooks and all fish MUST be returned to the pond. Thank you

Anyone interested in getting involved with the LYCAS Club as a Bailiff or a Committee Member would be most welcome. Please contact any of the following Bailiffs for more information.
Permits are available from any of the Bailiffs below;

Gary Whiting – Head Bailiff and Chairman: 07876504235
David Buggs – Assistant Head Bailiff: 07540163793
Gareth Cossey – Bailiff: 01728 833761
Chris O’Dwyer – Bailiff: 07890402492
Stephen Ashford – Bailiff: 01728 831288
Sam – Sax Angling Centre: 01728 603443
(fishing tackle and bait supplier)

Permits can also be brought at the Samundham Tackle Shop.

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Report It

Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council deals with many things but somethings are out of our hands! There are three layers of local government that administer Leiston, East Suffolk Council, Suffolk County Council and Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council. All three Councils have a distinct and separate function and responsibilities to look after. Below is a quick look at where to report your issue!

More details on each Council’s general responsibilities can be found below. Hopefully this will help you know who best to contact for your needs.

Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council

Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council is responsible for:

Leiston Film Theatre – High Street
Community Centre – King George’s Avenue
The Waterloo Centre – Waterloo Avenue
Play Parks – King George’s Avenue and Victory Road
Skate Park – Victory Road
BMX Track – King George’s Avenue
Community Orchard and Sports Field – King George’s Avenue
Hayling’s Pond – Hayling’s Grove
Allotments – Valley Road and Ashfield Drive
Dinsdale Road Public Conveniences
Quarterly Newsletter
Bus Shelters
Dog Bins
Litter Bins
Grants to Local Community Groups
Consultee on Planning Applications

East Suffolk Council

East Suffolk Council is responsible for:

Benefits: To apply, manage or pay for East Suffolk Council benefits and services, which include: Garden Waste Scheme, Council Tax, Business Improvement District, Business Rates, Excess Charge Notices (Parking Fees), Housing Benefit Over payments, Housing Rent, Sales Invoices and Licensing.

Business: To apply and gain advice on, Licensing, Business Training, Business Grants and Funding, Business Incentives, East Suffolk Economic Growth Plan, Support for Town Economies, Food Safety, Business Associations and Networks, Business Land and Property, Business Rates, Filming and Photography, Regeneration Projects, Health and Safety, Supplying the Councils, Exporting from East Suffolk and East Suffolk Business and Community Awards.

Community: See how the East Suffolk Council is working on the Community development to empower individuals and groups by providing them with skills and support they need to affect the change in their own communities.

Council Tax: To pay and view what your Council Tax is spent on.

Elections: To register to vote and to gain information about the elections happening within the East of Suffolk.

Environment: Information on Coastal Management, Environmental Protection, Emergency Planning, Fixed Penalty Notices, Street Lighting, Rights of Way, Grass Cutting, Fly-Tipping and Tackling Climate Change.

Housing: Information on Registering for Housing, Privately Rented Housing, Street Naming and Numbering, Local Land Charges, Retirement Living, Home Alarm, Grants, Warm Homes, Empty Properties, Mobile Homes, Travellers and Housing Policies and Strategies.

Leisure: Information on Sport and Leisure Centres, Running, Cycling, Fishing, Parks ad Open Spaces, Coastal Card, Passport to Leisure and East Suffolk Photo Competition and Community Awards.

Planning: For all your planning needs, from planning applications to trees and landscaping, as well as building controls and local land charges!

Visitors: Find out where all the Visitor Information Centres are located or where best to park, as well as discovering where the nearest toilet is!

Waste: Find out who collects your waste and when, as well as reporting fly tipping and abandoned vehicles.

Suffolk County Council

Suffolk County Council is responsible for:

Roads and Transport: Information on Roadworks, reporting a Highways issue (potholes!) and applying for a Bus Pass or Blue Badge.

Care and Support for Adults: Information on where to start and how to pay for your care needed.
Children, Families and Learning: How to apply for a school place and choosing the right childcare, as well as paying for school penalty fines.

Business and Licenses: Applying and paying for a business licence and information on Economic Development.

Jobs and Careers: Information on working within the public sector as well as details about getting into teaching.

Fire and Rescue Service: Find out more information about what is happening within the Fire Service, from Live Incidents to Fire Safety Guides.

Trading Standards: Report a Product or Service Scam or to see which Products have recently been recalled as well as advice for local businesses.

Planning, Waste and Environment: Information on your local Recycling Centre or to view recent planning applications.

Births, Deaths and Ceremonies: Register a Birth or Death or find out more information about Inquest Hearings and the Coroner Service.

Community and Safety: Information on keeping Healthy and having a Warm Home as well as Road Safety and guidance on Travellers.

Culture, Heritage and Leisure: A look at where the local libraries are as well as information on Archaeological Service and filming within Suffolk.

Local Services

www.suffolk.police.uk/your-area/leiston
Suffolk Police: Tel: 101 (ask for Leiston SNT)
Email: leistonaldeburgh.snt@suffolk.pnn.police.uk
101 is the police number to report any non emergency

The Leiston Surgery: Main Street, Leiston, IP16 4ES Tel: 01728 830526
Doctors: N Maggs, K Blades, S Pai and I Qureshi.

Public Defibrillators: Outside Co-Op (Sizewell Road)
Children’s Centre (Waterloo Centre)
Other Defibrillators are available, when open, at the Community Centre, the Library and Leiston Film Theatre.

Leiston has many different services within the Town, check out what the town has to offer;

Community Car Service: Tel: 01728 831215

Job Centre: Tel: 01728 401004

Leiston Library: Tel: 01728 831252

Leiston Long Shop Museum: Tel: 01728 832189

Leiston Leisure Centre: Tel: 01728 830364

Citizens Advice: Tel: 01728 832193

LEEWAY: Domestic violence and abuse service. Tel: 0845 2142 171

CRUSE: Bereavement Care. Tel: 01394 670770

The Ferns: Sexual Assault Referral Centre. Tel: 01473 668974

Shining Stars Nursery: Tel: 01728 832502

Leiston Primary School: Tel: 01728 830745

Alde Valley Academy: Tel: 01728 830570

Suffolk New College on the Coast: Tel: 07767 114770

Local Organisations

There’s lots going on in Leiston, why not see what clubs and support groups you could join:

Leiston Children’s Centre: Tel: 01728 642930

Leiston Film Theatre Support Club: Tel: 01728 831714

Leiston Scouts: Steve Burch. Tel: 01728 832479

Leiston Guides, Brownies, Rainbows: Selena Levermore. Tel: 01728 635608

Leiston Youth Club: Lucy Pickett. Via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Leiston-Youth-Club-201980573278014/

Leiston Women’s Institute: Judy Geater. Tel: 01728 831628

CYDS: Stuart Watson. Tel: 01728 830716

CATS: Accessible Transport on demand. Tel: 01728 830516

Leiston Royal British Legion Band: Email: secretary@leistonband.co.uk

Leiston Swimming Club: Matt Dye. Tel: 01728 833266

PISCES Disable Swimming Club: Tel: 01728 648270

Rose and Sweet William Club: Tel: 01728 832028

Leiston Royal British Legion: Tel: 01728 833537

Samaritans Help Line: Tel: 08457 909090

Leiston Town Pastors: Tel: 07804004669

Leiston Good Neighbour Scheme: Tel: 07724 777465 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm) Email: leistongoodneighbour@gmail.com

Leiston Dementia Project: Email: leistondementiaproject@gmail.com
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Our Policies

Privacy Policy

When You Contact Us

The information you provide (personal information such as name, address, email address, phone number, organisation) will be processed and stored so that it is possible to contact you and respond to your correspondence, provide information and/or access our facilities and services. Your personal information will not be shared or provided to any third party.

The Councils Right to Process Information

GDPR (Data Protection Regulations) Article 6 (1) (a) (b) and (e)

Processing is with consent of the data subject;

or

Processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation;

or

Processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller.

Information Security

Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council cares to ensure the security of personal data. We make sure that your information is protected from unauthorised access, loss, manipulation, falsification, destruction or unauthorised disclosure. This is done through appropriate technical measures and appropriate policies.

We will only keep your data for the purpose it was collected for and only for as long as is necessary. After which it will be deleted.

Children

We will not process any data relating to a child (under 13) without the express parental/ guardian consent of the child concerned.

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Your Rights

Access to Information

You have the right to request access to the information we hold on you. You can do this by contacting the Town Clerk via email: townclerk@leistontowncouncil.gov.uk or telephone: (01728) 830388.

Information Correction

If you believe that the information we hold about you is incorrect, you may contact us so that we can update it and keep your data accurate. Please contact the Town Clerk via email: townclerk@leistontowncouncil.gov.uk or telephone: (01728) 830388.

Information Deletion

If you wish Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council to delete the information about you please contact the Town Clerk via email: townclerk@leistontowncouncil.gov.uk or telephone: (01728) 830388.

Right to Object

If you believe that your data is not being processed for the purpose it has been collected for, you may object. Please contact the Town Clerk, email: townclerk@leistontowncouncil.gov.uk or telephone: (01728) 830388.

Rights Related to Automated Decision Making and Profiling

Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council does not use automated decision making or profiling of individual personal data.

To Sum Up

In accordance with the law, we only collect a limited amount of information about you that is necessary for correspondence, information and service provision. We do not use profiling, we do not sell or pass your data to third parties. We do not use your data for purposes other than those specified. We make sure your data is stored securely. We delete all information deemed to be no longer necessary. We constantly review our Privacy Policies to keep it up to date in protecting your data.

Complaints

If you have a complaint regarding the way your personal data has been processed you may make a complaint to the Town Clerk at Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council, via email: townclerk@leistontowncouncil.gov.uk or telephone: (01728) 830388. You can also contact the Information Commissioners Office casework@ico.org.uk or telephone: 0303 123 1113

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Adoption of the Model Publication Scheme

Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council has adopted the Model Publication Scheme produced in accordance with section 20 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and will publish information in accordance with that scheme.

Publication Scheme

Who are we and what do we do…

Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council serves a population of approximately 6,000 people, is made up of 15 elected members and employs 3 office staff and 15 cinema staff. The Council owns, operates and administers Victory Road Recreation Ground, King Georges Recreation Ground, Haylings Pond, Leiston Film Theatre, Leiston Community Centre. It also administers the Waterloo Centre and allotments in Valley Road and Haylings Road. The Council operates from an office in the Council Chambers in Main Street, Leiston and meets monthly on the first Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm in the Community Centre, King Georges Avenue. At each meeting there is always a public session where residents can ask questions of their Town Councillors. The County Councillor and District Councillors are also generally in attendance at these sessions to answer residents’ questions or to hear their concerns.

Our contact details are as follows:

Telephone: 01728 830388

E-mail: townclerk@leistontowncouncil.gov.uk

Website: www.leistontowncouncil.gov.uk

Councillors: Contact details are on the website, in the quarterly newsletter or available through the Clerk.

Town Clerk: Mrs Caroline Rinder

Responsible Financial Officer: Mrs Caroline Rinder

Office Opening Hours:

Monday: 0900-1230 1400-1645
Tuesday: 0900-1230 1400-1645
Wednesday: Closed all day
Thursday: 0900-1230
Friday: 0900-1230

Leiston Film Theatre Manager: Mr Wayne Burns

Telephone: 01728 830549

E-Mail: staff@leistonfilmtheatre.co.uk

Website: www.leistonfilmtheatre.co.uk

How can information be obtained

Information covered by the Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council Publication Scheme is available in a number of ways. We endeavour to make the majority of information available via our website, however, some information is not available in all formats.

We will dispatch information requested within 20 working days from receipt of request and fee if applicable.

Postal requests:

Mrs Caroline Rinder – Town Clerk
Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council
Council Chambers
Main Street
LEISTON
IP16 4ER

E-mail requests: townclerk@leistontowncouncil.gov.uk

The best way to obtain any information however is to call into the Town Council Offices at the above times and discuss your request with the Clerk who will endeavour to give you as much information as is available, wanted or allowed. There is virtually no business done by our Council that is not completely transparent and open to public scrutiny.

Will a charge be made?

Information on the website is free of charge of course but, for other information, a charge may be levied to cover staff time and photocopying costs – if the request is easily satisfied there should be no charge but for more detailed responses and larger quantities of photocopying then photocopying will be done at cost (10p per A4 sheet) and confirmation that a fee will be charged will be given prior to the information being provided if it is not immediately available.

Internal Review

If you are unhappy with the reply you receive from us when seeking information you have the right to ask for an internal review which will be undertaken by The Chairman of the Council and the Personnel Committee. Please contact the Town Clerk in the first instance.

Who is responsible for the Publication Scheme?

The Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council Publication Scheme is maintained by the Town Clerk. Any enquiries about the Publication Scheme and requests for information should be addressed to him. General information regarding the Publication Scheme, (which complies with the model provided by the Information Commissioners Office), or the Freedom of Information Act 2000, under which the scheme is regulated, can be obtained from:

Address:
Information Commissioners Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Telephone: 0845 6306060

Website: www.ico.gov.uk

The Publication Scheme will be reviewed annually.

The Information Commissioner has deemed we lay out the Publication Scheme under the following headings.

What we spend your money on and how we spend it.

The following items are all available as hard copies from the Town Clerk:

The Annual Return given to our external auditors
The Statement of Accounts and Balance Sheet
Financial Regulations
Grants given and received
Members allowances and expenses
Finalised budget

What our priorities are and how we are doing.

The following items are available as hard copies from the Clerk:

Report to Annual Town Meeting
Consultation responses to Sizewell C

How we make decisions.

The following are available as hard copies from the Clerk:

Agendas for all meetings
Minutes from all meetings
Reports to Council
Standing Orders
Code of Conduct
Responses to planning applications
Responses to consultations

Our Policies and Procedures.

The following are available as hard copies from the Clerk:

Standing Orders
Financial Regulations
Code of Conduct
Health and Safety Policy
Equal Opportunities Policy
Complaints Procedure
Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures
Privacy Policy

Lists and Registers.

The following are available as hard copies from the Clerk:

Members Declaration of Acceptance of Office
Register of members Interests
Asset Register

The services we offer.

The following services are provided – see Clerk for hire charges and further details:

Allotments
Hire of Community Centre
Hire of the Waterloo Centre
Victory Road Recreation Ground
King Georges Recreation Ground
Haylings Pond
Leiston Film Theatre
Dinsdale Road Public Conveniences
Grants scheme
Newsletter

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Code of Conduct

Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council LGA Councillor Code of Conduct for Members

In accordance with Section 26 to 37 of the Localism Act 2011 on 7 June 2022 Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council (the Council) resolved to replace the Suffolk Local Code of Conduct with the LGA Councillor Code of Conduct for the purposes of discharging its duty to promote and maintain high standards of conduct within its area.

Until otherwise amended or replaced by a decision of the Council, the LGA Councillor Code of Conduct Local Code of Conduct set out below shall hereafter apply to all elected members and any co-opted members entitled to vote on any decisions of the council or its committees, sub committees or joint committees when acting in their capacity as a member of the Council.

Local Government Association

Model Code of Conduct 2020

Joint Statement

The role of councillor across all tiers of local government is a vital part of our country’s system of democracy. It is important that as councillors we can be held accountable and all adopt the behaviors and responsibilities associated with the role. Our conduct as an individual councillor affects the reputation of all councillors. We want the role of councillor to be one that people aspire to. We also want individuals from a range of backgrounds and circumstances to be putting themselves forward to become councillors.

As councillors, we represent local residents, work to develop better services and deliver local change. The public have high expectations of us and entrust us to represent our local area, taking decisions fairly, openly, and transparently. We have both an individual and collective responsibility to meet these expectations by maintaining high standards and demonstrating good conduct, and by challenging behaviour which falls below expectations.

Importantly, we should be able to undertake our role as a councillor without being intimidated, abused, bullied, or threatened by anyone, including the general public.

This Code has been designed to protect our democratic role, encourage good conduct and safeguard the public’s trust in local government.

Introduction

The Local Government Association (LGA) has developed this Model Councillor Code of Conduct, in association with key partners and after extensive consultation with the sector, as part of its work on supporting all tiers of local government to continue to aspire to high standards of leadership and performance. It is a template for councils to adopt in whole and/or with local amendments.

All councils are required to have a local Councillor Code of Conduct.

The LGA will undertake an annual review of this Code to ensure it continues to be fit- for- purpose, incorporating advances in technology, social media and changes in legislation. The LGA can also offer support, training and mediation to councils and councillors on the application of the Code and the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and the county associations of local councils can offer advice and support to town and parish councils.

Definitions

For the purposes of this Code of Conduct, a “councillor” means a member or co-opted member of a local authority or a directly elected mayor. A “co-opted member” is defined in the Localism Act 2011 Section 27(4) as “a person who is not a member of the authority but who:

is a member of any committee or sub-committee of the authority, or;
is a member of, and represents the authority on, any joint committee or joint sub- committee of the authority;
and who is entitled to vote on any question that falls to be decided at any meeting of that committee or sub-committee”.

For the purposes of this Code of Conduct, “local authority” includes county councils, district councils, London borough councils, parish councils, town councils, fire and rescue authorities, police authorities, joint authorities, economic prosperity boards, combined authorities and National Park authorities.

Purpose of the Code of Conduct

The purpose of this Code of Conduct is to assist you, as a councillor, in modelling the behaviour that is expected of you, to provide a personal check and balance, and to set out the type of conduct that could lead to action being taken against you. It is also to protect you, the public, fellow councillors, local authority officers and the reputation of local government. It sets out general principles of conduct expected of all councillors and your specific obligations in relation to standards of conduct. The LGA encourages the use of support, training and mediation prior to action being taken using the Code. The fundamental aim of the Code is to create and maintain public confidence in the role of councillor and local government.

General principles of councillor conduct

Everyone in public office at all levels; all who serve the public or deliver public services, including ministers, civil servants, councillors and local authority officers; should uphold the Seven Principles of Public Life, also known as the Nolan Principles.

Building on these principles, the following general principles have been developed specifically for the role of councillor.

In accordance with the public trust placed in me, on all occasions:

I act with integrity and honesty
I act lawfully
I treat all persons fairly and with respect; and
I lead by example and act in a way that secures public confidence in the role of councillor.
In undertaking my role:

I impartially exercise my responsibilities in the interests of the local community
I do not improperly seek to confer an advantage, or disadvantage, on any person
I avoid conflicts of interest
I exercise reasonable care and diligence; and
I ensure that public resources are used prudently in accordance with my local authority’s requirements and in the public interest.
Application of the Code of Conduct

This Code of Conduct applies to you as soon as you sign your declaration of acceptance of the office of councillor or attend your first meeting as a co-opted member and continues to apply to you until you cease to be a councillor.

This Code of Conduct applies to you when you are acting in your capacity as a councillor which may include when:

you misuse your position as a councillor
your actions would give the impression to a reasonable member of the public with knowledge of all the facts that you are acting as a councillor;
The Code applies to all forms of communication and interaction, including:

at face-to-face meetings
at online or telephone meetings
in written communication
in verbal communication
in non-verbal communication
in electronic and social media communication, posts, statements and comments.
You are also expected to uphold high standards of conduct and show leadership at all times when acting as a councillor.

Your Monitoring Officer has statutory responsibility for the implementation of the Code of Conduct, and you are encouraged to seek advice from your Monitoring Officer on any matters that may relate to the Code of Conduct. Town and parish councillors are encouraged to seek advice from their Clerk, who may refer matters to the Monitoring Officer.

Standards of councillor conduct

This section sets out your obligations, which are the minimum standards of conduct required of you as a councillor. Should your conduct fall short of these standards, a complaint may be made against you, which may result in action being taken.

Guidance is included to help explain the reasons for the obligations and how they should be followed.

General Conduct

Respect
As a councillor:

1.1 I treat other councillors and members of the public with respect.

1.2 I treat local authority employees, employees and representatives of partner organisations and those volunteering for the local authority with respect and respect the role they play.

Respect means politeness and courtesy in behaviour, speech, and in the written word. Debate and having different views are all part of a healthy democracy. As a councillor, you can express, challenge, criticise and disagree with views, ideas, opinions and policies in a robust but civil manner. You should not, however, subject individuals, groups of people or organisations to personal attack.

In your contact with the public, you should treat them politely and courteously. Rude and offensive behaviour lowers the public’s expectations and confidence in councillors.

In return, you have a right to expect respectful behaviour from the public. If members of the public are being abusive, intimidatory or threatening you are entitled to stop any conversation or interaction in person or online and report them to the local authority, the relevant social media provider or the police. This also applies to fellow councillors, where action could then be taken under the Councillor Code of Conduct, and local authority employees, where concerns should be raised in line with the local authority’s councillor- officer protocol.

Bullying, harassment and discrimination
As a councillor:

2.1 I do not bully any person.

2.2 I do not harass any person.

2.3 I promote equalities and do not discriminate unlawfully against any person.

The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) characterises bullying as offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour, an abuse or misuse of power through means that undermine, humiliate, denigrate or injure the recipient. Bullying might be a regular pattern of behaviour or a one-off incident, happen face-to-face, on social media, in emails or phone calls, happen in the workplace or at work social events and may not always be obvious or noticed by others.

The Protection from Harassment Act 1997 defines harassment as conduct that causes alarm or distress or puts people in fear of violence and must involve such conduct on at least two occasions. It can include repeated attempts to impose unwanted communications and contact upon a person in a manner that could be expected to cause distress or fear in any reasonable person.

Unlawful discrimination is where someone is treated unfairly because of a protected characteristic. Protected characteristics are specific aspects of a person’s identity defined by the Equality Act 2010. They are age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

The Equality Act 2010 places specific duties on local authorities. Councillors have a central role to play in ensuring that equality issues are integral to the local authority’s performance and strategic aims, and that there is a strong vision and public commitment to equality across public services.

Impartiality of officers of the council
As a councillor:

3.1 I do not compromise, or attempt to compromise, the impartiality of anyone who works for, or on behalf of, the local authority

Officers work for the local authority as a whole and must be politically neutral (unless they are political assistants). They should not be coerced or persuaded to act in a way that would undermine their neutrality. You can question officers in order to understand, for example, their reasons for proposing to act in a particular way, or the content of a report that they have written. However, you must not try and force them to act differently, change their advice, or alter the content of that report, if doing so would prejudice their professional integrity.

Confidentiality and access to information
As a councillor:

I do not disclose information:
given to me in confidence by anyone
acquired by me which I believe, or ought reasonably to be aware, is of a confidential nature, unless:
I have received the consent of a person authorised to give it;
I am required by law to do so;
the disclosure is made to a third party for the purpose of obtaining professional legal advice provided that the third party agrees not to disclose the information to any other person; or
the disclosure is:
reasonable and in the public interest; and
made in good faith and in compliance with the reasonable requirements of the local authority; and
I have consulted the Monitoring Officer prior to its release.
4.2 I do not improperly use knowledge gained solely as a result of my role as a councillor for the advancement of myself, my friends, my family members, my employer or my business interests.

4.3 I do not prevent anyone from getting information that they are entitled to by law.

Local authorities must work openly and transparently, and their proceedings and printed materials are open to the public, except in certain legally defined circumstances. You should work on this basis, but there will be times when it is required by law that discussions, documents and other information relating to or held by the local authority must be treated in a confidential manner. Examples include personal data relating to individuals or information relating to ongoing negotiations.

Disrepute
As a councillor:

5.1 I do not bring my role or local authority into disrepute

As a Councillor, you are trusted to make decisions on behalf of your community and your actions and behaviour are subject to greater scrutiny than that of ordinary members of the public. You should be aware that your actions might have an adverse impact on you, other councillors and/or your local authority and may lower the public’s confidence in your or your local authority’s ability to discharge your/its functions. For example, behaviour that is considered dishonest and/or deceitful can bring your local authority into disrepute.

You are able to hold the local authority and fellow councillors to account and are able to constructively challenge and express concern about decisions and processes undertaken by the council whilst continuing to adhere to other aspects of this Code of Conduct.

Use of position
As a councillor:

I do not use, or attempt to use, my position improperly to the advantage or disadvantage of myself or anyone
Your position as a member of the local authority provides you with certain opportunities, responsibilities, and privileges, and you make choices all the time that will impact others. However, you should not take advantage of these opportunities to further your own or others’ private interests or to disadvantage anyone unfairly.

Use of local authority resources and facilities
As a councillor:

I do not misuse council
I will, when using the resources of the local authority or authorizing their use by others:
act in accordance with the local authority’s requirements; and
ensure that such resources are not used for political purposes unless that use could reasonably be regarded as likely to facilitate, or be conducive to, the discharge of the functions of the local authority or of the office to which I have been elected or
You may be provided with resources and facilities by the local authority to assist you in carrying out your duties as a councillor.

Examples include:

office support
stationery
equipment such as phones, and computers
transport
access and use of local authority buildings and
These are given to you to help you carry out your role as a councillor more effectively and are not to be used for business or personal gain. They should be used in accordance with the purpose for which they have been provided and the local authority’s own policies regarding their use.

Complying with the Code of Conduct
As a Councillor:

I undertake Code of Conduct training provided by my local
I cooperate with any Code of Conduct investigation and/or determination.
I do not intimidate or attempt to intimidate any person who is likely to be involved with the administration of any investigation or proceedings.
I comply with any sanction imposed on me following a finding that I have breached the Code of Conduct.
It is extremely important for you as a councillor to demonstrate high standards, for you to have your actions open to scrutiny and for you not to undermine public trust in the local authority or its governance. If you do not understand or are concerned about the local authority’s processes in handling a complaint you should raise this with your Monitoring Officer.

Protecting your reputation and the reputation of the local authority

Interests
As a councillor:

9.1 I register and disclose my interests.

Section 29 of the Localism Act 2011 requires the Monitoring Officer to establish and maintain a register of interests of members of the authority.

You need to register your interests so that the public, local authority employees and fellow councillors know which of your interests might give rise to a conflict of interest. The register is a public document that can be consulted when (or before) an issue arises. The register also protects you by allowing you to demonstrate openness and a willingness to be held accountable. You are personally responsible for deciding whether or not you should disclose an interest in a meeting, but it can be helpful for you to know early on if others think that a potential conflict might arise. It is also important that the public know about any interest that might have to be disclosed by you or other councillors when making or taking part in decisions, so that decision making is seen by the public as open and honest. This helps to ensure that public confidence in the integrity of local governance is maintained.

You should note that failure to register or disclose a disclosable pecuniary interest as set out in Table 1, is a criminal offence under the Localism Act 2011.

Appendix B sets out the detailed provisions on registering and disclosing interests. If in doubt, you should always seek advice from your Monitoring Officer.

Gifts and hospitality
As a councillor:

I do not accept gifts or hospitality, irrespective of estimated value, which could give rise to real or substantive personal gain or a reasonable suspicion of influence on my part to show favour from persons seeking to acquire, develop or do business with the local authority or from persons who may apply to the local authority for any permission, licence or other significant
I register with the Monitoring Officer any gift or hospitality with an estimated value of at least £50 within 28 days of its
I register with the Monitoring Officer any significant gift or hospitality that I have been offered but have refused to
In order to protect your position and the reputation of the local authority, you should exercise caution in accepting any gifts or hospitality which are (or which you reasonably believe to be) offered to you because you are a councillor. The presumption should always be not to accept significant gifts or hospitality. However, there may be times when such a refusal may be difficult if it is seen as rudeness in which case you could accept it but must ensure it is publicly registered. However, you do not need to register gifts and hospitality which are not related to your role as a councillor, such as Christmas gifts from your friends and family. It is also important to note that it is appropriate to accept normal expenses and hospitality associated with your duties as a councillor. If you are unsure, do contact your Monitoring Officer for guidance.

Appendix A – The Seven Principles of Public Life

The principles are:

Selflessness
Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest.

Integrity
Holders of public office must avoid placing themselves under any obligation to people or organisations that might try inappropriately to influence them in their work. They should not act or take decisions in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends. They must disclose and resolve any interests and relationships.

Objectivity
Holders of public office must act and take decisions impartially, fairly and on merit, using the best evidence and without discrimination or bias.

Accountability
Holders of public office are accountable to the public for their decisions and actions and must submit themselves to the scrutiny necessary to ensure this.

Openness
Holders of public office should act and take decisions in an open and transparent manner. Information should not be withheld from the public unless there are clear and lawful reasons for so doing.

Honesty
Holders of public office should be truthful.

Leadership
Holders of public office should exhibit these principles in their own behaviour. They should actively promote and robustly support the principles and be willing to challenge poor behaviour wherever it occurs.

Appendix B Registering interests

Within 28 days of becoming a member or your re-election or re-appointment to office you must register with the Monitoring Officer the interests which fall within the categories set out in Table 1 (Disclosable Pecuniary Interests) which are as described in “The Relevant Authorities (Disclosable Pecuniary Interests) Regulations 2012”. You should also register details of your other personal interests which fall within the categories set out in Table 2 (Other Registerable Interests).

“Disclosable Pecuniary Interest” means an interest of yourself, or of your partner if you are aware of your partner’s interest, within the descriptions set out in Table 1 below.

“Partner” means a spouse or civil partner, or a person with whom you are living as husband or wife, or a person with whom you are living as if you are civil partners.

1. You must ensure that your register of interests is kept up-to-date and within 28 days of becoming aware of any new interest, or of any change to a registered interest, notify the Monitoring Officer.

2. A ‘sensitive interest’ is as an interest which, if disclosed, could lead to the councillor, or a person connected with the councillor, being subject to violence or intimidation.

3. Where you have a ‘sensitive interest’ you must notify the Monitoring Officer with the reasons why you believe it is a sensitive interest. If the Monitoring Officer agrees they will withhold the interest from the public register.

Non participation in case of disclosable pecuniary interest

4. Where a matter arises at a meeting which directly relates to one of your Disclosable Pecuniary Interests as set out in Table 1, you must disclose the interest, not participate in any discussion or vote on the matter and must not remain in the room unless you have been granted a dispensation. If it is a ‘sensitive interest’, you do not have to disclose the nature of the interest, just that you have an interest. Dispensation may be granted in limited circumstances, to enable you to participate and vote on a matter in which you have a disclosable pecuniary interest.

5. [ Where you have a disclosable pecuniary interest on a matter to be considered or is being considered by you as a Cabinet member in exercise of your executive function, you must notify the Monitoring Officer of the interest and must not take any steps or further steps in the matter apart from arranging for someone else to deal with it ]

Disclosure of Other Registerable Interests

6. Where a matter arises at a meeting which directly relates to the financial interest or wellbeing of one of your Other Registerable Interests (as set out in Table 2), you must disclose the interest. You may speak on the matter only if members of the public are also allowed to speak at the meeting but otherwise must not take part in any discussion or vote on the matter and must not remain in the room unless you have been granted a dispensation. If it is a ‘sensitive interest’, you do not have to disclose the nature of the interest.

Disclosure of Non-Registerable Interests

7. Where a matter arises at a meeting which directly relates to your financial interest or well-being (and is not a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest set out in Table 1) or a financial interest or well-being of a relative or close associate, you must disclose the interest. You may speak on the matter only if members of the public are also allowed to speak at the meeting. Otherwise you must not take part in any discussion or vote on the matter and must not remain in the room unless you have been granted a dispensation. If it is a ‘sensitive interest’, you do not have to disclose the nature of the interest.

8. Where a matter arises at a meeting which affects –
(a) your own financial interest or well-being;
(b) a financial interest or well-being of a relative or close associate; or
(c) a financial interest or wellbeing of a body included under Other Registrable Interests as set out in Table 2

you must disclose the interest. In order to determine whether you can remain in the meeting after disclosing your interest the following test should be applied

9. Where a matter (referred to in paragraph 8 above) affects the financial interest or well-being:
(a) to a greater extent than it affects the financial interests of the majority of inhabitants of the ward affected by the decision and;
(b) a reasonable member of the public knowing all the facts would believe that it would affect your view of the wider public interest.

You may speak on the matter only if members of the public are also allowed to speak at the meeting. Otherwise you must not take part in any discussion or vote on the matter and must not remain in the room unless you have been granted a dispensation.

If it is a ‘sensitive interest’, you do not have to disclose the nature of the interest.

10. [Where you have an Other Registerable Interest or Non-Registerable Interest on a matter to be considered or is being considered by you as a Cabinet member in exercise of your executive function, you must notify the Monitoring Officer of the interest and must not take any steps or further steps in the matter apart from arranging for someone else to deal with it].
Table 1: Disclosable Pecuniary Interests
This table sets out the explanation of Disclosable Pecuniary Interests as set out in the Relevant Authorities (Disclosable Pecuniary Interests) Regulations 2012.

Subject
Description
Employment, office, trade,
profession or vocation Any employment, office, trade, profession or vocation carried on for profit or gain.
Sponsorship Any payment or provision of any other financial benefit (other than from the council) made to the councillor during the previous 12-month period for expenses incurred by him/her in carrying out his/her duties as a councillor, or towards his/her election expenses.
This includes any payment or financial benefit from a trade union within the meaning of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992.
Contracts Any contract made between the councillor or his/her spouse or civil partner or the person with whom the councillor is living as if they were spouses/civil partners (or a firm in which such person is a partner, or an incorporated body of which such person is a director* or a body that such person has a beneficial interest in the securities of*) and the council

(a) (a) under which goods or services are to be provided or works are to be executed; and
(b) which has not been fully discharged.

Land and Property Any beneficial interest in land which is within the area of the council.
‘Land’ excludes an easement, servitude, interest or right in or over land which does not give the councillor or his/her spouse or civil partner or the person with whom the councillor is living as if they were spouses/ civil partners (alone or jointly with another) a right to occupy or to receive income.
Licenses Any licence (alone or jointly with others) to occupy land in the area of the council for a month or longer

Corporate tenancies Any tenancy where (to the councillor’s knowledge)—
(a) the landlord is the council; and
(b) the tenant is a body that the councillor, or his/her spouse or civil partner or the person with whom the councillor is living as if they were spouses/ civil partners is a partner of or a director* of or has a beneficial interest in the securities* of.
Securities Any beneficial interest in securities* of a body where—
(a) that body (to the councillor’s knowledge) has a place of business or land in the area of the council; and
(b) either—
(i) ) the total nominal value of the securities* exceeds £25,000 or one hundredth of the total issued share capital of that body; or
(ii) if the share capital of that body is of more than one class, the total nominal value of the shares of any one class in which the councillor, or his/ her spouse or
civil partner or the person with whom the councillor is living as if they were spouses/civil partners have a beneficial
interest exceeds one hundredth of the total issued share capital of that class.

* ‘director’ includes a member of the committee of management of an industrial and provident society.
* ‘securities’ means shares, debentures, debenture stock, loan stock, bonds, units of a collective investment scheme within the meaning of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 and other securities of any description, other than money deposited with a building society.

Table 2: Other Registrable Interests

You must register as an Other Registerable Interest:
a) any unpaid directorships
b) any body of which you are a member or are in a position of general control or management and to which you are nominated or appointed by your authority
c) any body
(i) exercising functions of a public nature
(ii) directed to charitable purposes or
(iii) one of whose principal purposes includes the influence of public opinion or policy (including any political party or trade union)

of which you are a member or in a position of general control or management

Appendix C – the Committee on Standards in Public Life

The LGA has undertaken this review whilst the Government continues to consider the recommendations made by the Committee on Standards in Public Life in their report on Local Government Ethical Standards. If the Government chooses to implement any of the recommendations, this could require a change to this Code.

The recommendations cover:

• Recommendations for changes to the Localism Act 2011 to clarify in law when the Code of Conduct applies
• The introduction of sanctions
• An appeals process through the Local Government Ombudsman
• Changes to the Relevant Authorities (Disclosable Pecuniary Interests) Regulations 2012
• Updates to the Local Government Transparency Code
• Changes to the role and responsibilities of the Independent Person
• That the criminal offences in the Localism Act 2011 relating to Disclosable Pecuniary Interests should be abolished

The Local Government Ethical Standards report also includes Best Practice recommendations. These are:

Best practice 1: Local authorities should include prohibitions on bullying and harassment in codes of conduct. These should include a definition of bullying and harassment, supplemented with a list of examples of the sort of behaviour covered by such a definition.

Best practice 2: Councils should include provisions in their code of conduct requiring councillors to comply with any formal standards investigation and prohibiting trivial or malicious allegations by councillors.

Best practice 3: Principal authorities should review their code of conduct each year and regularly seek, where possible, the views of the public, community organisations and neighbouring authorities.

Best practice 4: An authority’s code should be readily accessible to both councillors and the public, in a prominent position on a council’s website and available in council premises.

Best practice 5: Local authorities should update their gifts and hospitality register at least once per quarter, and publish it in an accessible format, such as CSV.

Best practice 6: Councils should publish a clear and straightforward public interest test against which allegations are filtered.

Best practice 7: Local authorities should have access to at least two Independent Persons.

Best practice 8: An Independent Person should be consulted as to whether to undertake a formal investigation on an allegation, and should be given the option to

review and comment on allegations which the responsible officer is minded to dismiss as being without merit, vexatious, or trivial.

Best practice 9: Where a local authority makes a decision on an allegation of misconduct following a formal investigation, a decision notice should be published as soon as possible on its website, including a brief statement of facts, the provisions of the code engaged by the allegations, the view of the Independent Person, the reasoning of the decision-maker, and any sanction applied.

Best practice 10: A local authority should have straightforward and accessible guidance on its website on how to make a complaint under the code of conduct, the process for handling complaints, and estimated timescales for investigations and outcomes.

Best practice 11: Formal standards complaints about the conduct of a parish councillor towards a clerk should be made by the chair or by the parish council, rather than the clerk in all but exceptional circumstances.

Best practice 12: Monitoring Officers’ roles should include providing advice, support and management of investigations and adjudications on alleged breaches to parish councils within the remit of the principal authority. They should be provided with adequate training, corporate support and resources to undertake this work.

Best practice 13: A local authority should have procedures in place to address any conflicts of interest when undertaking a standards investigation. Possible steps should include asking the Monitoring Officer from a different authority to undertake the investigation.

Best practice 14: Councils should report on separate bodies they have set up or which they own as part of their annual governance statement and give a full picture of their relationship with those bodies. Separate bodies created by local authorities should abide by the Nolan principle of openness and publish their board agendas and minutes and annual reports in an accessible place.

Best practice 15: Senior officers should meet regularly with political group leaders or group whips to discuss standards issues.

The LGA has committed to reviewing the Code on an annual basis to ensure it is still fit for purpose.

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Register of Interest

Members of Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council are obliged to register any pecuniary or non pecuniary interest they may have in the town and its business and to declare those interests when appropriate at Council meetings (i.e. when it could be deemed inappropriate for a Councillor to comment on a subject by virtue of his own personal interest in it).

These interests are open for inspection on the District Councils website but a link is included here for convenience.

Register of Interests. To access the Register of Interests. Select Leiston in the drop down menu for Parishes and then select the name of the Councillor you wish to view. For District Councillors, select East Suffolk Council in the drop down list.

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Website Accessibility Statement

This website is run by Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council, we want as many people as possible to use this website. In order for this to happen we have put into place some key features, listed below:

  • We have added a fully accessible web page with all the content of this website in text form.
  • A screen reader should be able to access all the information easily for text navigation bookmarks available at the top of the page.
  • This website allows for zoom of up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen.
  • The ability to navigate all of the accessible content using just a keyboard.

We have also made the website text as simply as possible to understand. AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability – go to https://mcmo.abilitynet.org.uk/

How accessible this website is.

We know some parts of this website are not full accessible and as such we have made all content available on the Website Accessibility Page.

What to do if you cannot access parts of this website.

If you need any information on this website in a different format, like accessible PDF, Large Print, Easy Read, Audio Recording or Braille, then please contact the Town Clerk:

We’ll consider your request and get back to you within 10 working days.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website.

We are always looking to improve the accessibility of this website, if you find any problems or think we are not meeting the accessibility requirements please contact the Town Clerk on (01728 830388) or email: townclerk@leistontowncouncil.gov.uk.

Enforcement procedure.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No.2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’). If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, Contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Contacting us by phone or visiting in person.

Our offices have audio induction loops, or if you contact us before your visit we can arrange a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter.

Find out how to contact us – https://www.leistontowncouncil.gov.uk/contact-us/

Technical Information about this website’s accessibility.

Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No.2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliance listed below.

Non accessible content.

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons:

  • Navigation and accessing information.
  • interactive tools and transactions.

No compliance with the accessibility regulations.

Some images do not have a text alternative, so people using a screen reader cannot access information. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content).

We plan to add text alternatives for all images by September 2021. When we publish new content we’ll make sure our use of images meets accessibility standards.

Navigation and accessing information.

There’s no way to skip the repeated content in the page header (for example, a ‘skip to main content’ option). this fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.1 (bypass blocks).

It’s not always possible to change the device orientation from horizontal to vertical without making it difficult to view the content. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.4 (orientation).

It’s not always possible for users to change text size without some of the content overlapping. this fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.4 (resize text).

Interactive tools and transactions

Some of our interactive forms are difficult to navigate using a keyboard. For example, because some form controls are missing a ‘label’ tag.

Our forms are built and hosted through third party software and ‘skinned’ to look like our website. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (information and relationships).

We’ve assessed the cost of fixing the issues with navigation and accessing information, and with interactive tools and transactions. We believe that doing so now would be a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the accessibility regulations. We will make another assessment when the supplier contract is up for renewal.

Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations.

PDF’s and other documents.

Many of our older PDFs and Word documents do not meet accessibility standard – for example, they may not be structured so they’re accessible to a screen reader. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2 (name,role value).

Some of our PDFs and Word documents are essential to providing our services. For example, we have some PDFs with information on how users can access our services, and forms published as Word documents. By September 2021, we plan to either fix these or replace them with accessible HTML pages.

The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services.

Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.

 

Live Video.

There is currently no live video on this website.

How we tested this website:

The website was lasted tested on 4th September 2020. The test was carried out by ourselves.

We used this approach to decide on a sample of pages to test with static content, links and pictures.

We tested:

What we’re doing to improve accessibility.

This statement was prepared on 4th September 2020.

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Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council
Council Offices,  Main Street,
Leiston,  IP16 4ER
Tel: (01728) 830388

Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council
Council Offices,  Main Street,
Leiston,  IP16 4ER
Tel: (01728) 830388