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Updated 22.02.18

Your chance to quiz PCC and Chief Constable:

In Watton!

Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and Chief Constable will be answering questions from the public at a special event next month.
PCC Lorne Green and Chief Constable Simon Bailey will host a Q&A session in Watton on Wednesday 7 March to give people the opportunity to share views, issues or concerns about crime and policing in their area.
The event is the first of its kind in 2018 as part of the Commissioner’s ongoing pledge to give the public access to the county’s senior officers while ensuring he and the wider police service are visible, accessible and accountable to all.
Last year Lorne held seven Public Accountability Forum (PAF) meetings – one in each district – with the Chief Constable, each followed by a public Q&A session.

For 2018 Lorne has decided to split the two events – holding each PAF at police headquarters in Wymondham while taking the Q&A sessions ‘on tour’ across the county.
PCC Lorne Green said: “For 2018, I’ve decided to split the two events, ensuring that, for the Q&A sessions, there is a real emphasis on the local policing and crime picture and the issues affecting people living and working in the area.
“Last year, the Norfolk public really bought into the Q&A style-events and welcomed the opportunity to have face-to-face access to the Chief Constable and myself. Great discussion of crime and policing concerns was had, fuelled by lots of varied and, at times, challenging questions.
“I’m very much looking forward to the event next month and I hope lots of Watton residents will take the opportunity to pop along. Over the course of the year, we’ll be making our way around the county so keep an eye on the Norfolk PCC website for future dates and locations.”
The Q&A event will be held on Wednesday 7 March 2018 from 6pm at The Queens Hall, Norwich Road, Watton, IP25 6DA.

2017/2018 New Town Mayor Councillor Stan Hebborn & New Vice Chairman Councillor Tina Kiddell

At the Full Council Meeting held on Tuesday 9th May 2017 Councillor Stan Hebborn was elected as new Town Mayor for 2017/18 working along side the Mayor is the newly elected Vice Chairman Councillor Tina Kiddell.

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Contact

The Town Council would like to apologise to anyone who has tried to contact the Council via this website and may not have received a response. The Council endeavours to respond to all correspondence but it appears some e-mails have been missed.

Please continue to contact the Council via the website or directly: clerk@wattontowncouncil.gov.uk or admin@wattontowncouncil.gov.uk

The Town Council is always keen to hear from members of the public and replies should be received to any communication. If you do not receive a response via the website contact please let us know by other means.

Watton Town Council 

Twinned with Weeze, Germany

The Town Council is elected every four years with the last elections being in May 2015. The Chairman of the council is elected annually each May by fellow councillors. As well as the usual Chairman’s duties, the elected person also serves as Town Mayor. The Mayor’s Chain of Office carries a pendant illustrated with a rebus of the town’s name.

The origins of the rebus are not certain but the picture of a hare leaping over a barrel certainly dates from the 19th century. An old Norfolk term for a hare is a “Watt”, and a more ancient name for barrel is a “Tun”, hence Wat – ton! The rebus is also shown in the lower part of the Watton Town Sign, located in the High Street, which depicts the local ‘Babes In The Wood’ fable.

Watton Town Council operates a monthly meeting structure of two Full Council meetings, one on the second Tuesday of the month and the other on the fourth. Meetings usually commence at 7pm and are held at Wayland Hall.

No meetings are held in August or December.

 All Council meetings are open to the public. Public Participation is on every agenda. During the fifteen minute window of public participation members of the public have an opportunity to address the Council.

Watton Town Council is the owner-occupier of Wayland Hall which is situated in Middle Street just off the north side of the High Street.

The Town Council Office is open between 9am and 1pm Monday to Friday.

 

Watton Town Council works with Breckland District Council www.breckland.gov.uk and Norfolk County Council www.norfolk.gov.uk.

 

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