New 'radical' structure for Swaffham Town Council outlined
A “radical” restructure of Swaffham Town Council, as well as a new finance committee to oversee spending, have been backed.
Newly-elected Independent councillor Judy Anscombe delivered a presentation during a full council meeting on Wednesday in which she proposed new committees.
She said the proposal takes on board the new Neighbourhood Plan (NP) and consultation from the community, as well as avoiding duplication.
Among the proposed committees were a Human Resources and Governance Committee, a Recreation and Community Service for well-being, sport, leisure and allotments, and a Planning and Built Environment Committee to continue the work of the NP.
Councillor Anscombe also proposed an Events, Tourism and Business Committee. The council would continue to make use of the market as a valuable asset for the town, which is currently being overseen by a Market Committee.
She said: “In summary this is a strategic move to consider the moves of the NP and it is more efficient in saving time and staff.”
Conservative Paul Darby said he could not agree to the plan as there were “an awful lot of errors” with it.
Town clerk Richard Bishop said it is “quite a radical approach” which would need a meeting in July where the draft terms of reference will be drawn up to fit the structure.
Councillor Ian Pilcher, of Residents4Residents, also proposed the creation of a new finance committee to oversee spending, which was passed in principle.
He said the committee would be "so critical for the town."
All the councillors were in favour of the principle except for Conservative Paul Darby.