What We Do

Halesworth Town Council is the elected local authority and is the first tier of local government. Elections are held every four years to elect the 12 Town Councillors. The Chairman and Vice Chair are elected by fellow Councillors and usually serve a year in office.

The role of the Council is to represent the wishes and aspirations of Halesworth residents to the District Council and also to inform residents of local and national policy and legislation changes which will have an impact on them and Halesworth’s activities. The Town Council also develops contacts with all authorities and other organisations which can have can influence on the social, economic and physical wellbeing of Halesworth and its residents.


It can be confusing as to which Local Government Organisation does what...


The Town Council has a major role in acting as a ‘watch-dog’ for the town and in reporting matters to the principal authorities at Waveney District and Suffolk County Councils .The Council is consulted on all Planning Applications, Highway matters and the delivery of other services to Halesworth. The Council supports local voluntary bodies; can initiate cultural, leisure and environmental projects and can secure funding from outside bodies for the benefit of local initiatives. The Council is also responsible for allotments and the local Wednesday Market in Halesworth.

The Town Council has few powers but does its best to influence decisions taken by the District and County Councils for the benefit of Halesworth and its residents.

Please look at the website to get a full flavour of the Town Council’s role!


East Suffolk Council is responsible for the collection of Council Tax and non-domestic rates; environmental health; licensing of public houses and places of entertainment; housing policy and local plans and planning applications; leisure centres; public conveniences; waste collection; public car parks and maintenance of Council owned land.

General Enquiries: Marina Centre (next to Marina Theatre), Lowestoft, NR32 1HH

Tel: 0333 016 2000

Email: customerservices@eastsuffolk.gov.uk

Visit the full East Suffolk website

Contact East Suffolk

The closest office is at Beccles Library but this has limited opening hours:

Monday and Tuesday: 9.30am to 5:00pm
Wednesday: 9.30am to 1:00pm
Thursday and Friday: 9.30am to 5:00pm
(This office is closed from 1:00pm to 2:00pm)

East Suffolk Councillors for Halesworth:

Councillor Geoff Wakeling geoffrey.wakeling@eastsuffolk.gov.uk 07823 814580

Councillor Beth Keys-Holloway beth.keys-holloway@eastsuffolk.gov.uk 07823 518792


Suffolk County Council is responsible for the registration of births, marriages and deaths; education; fire safety; highways (including grass cutting and verge management, potholes), road safety and on-street parking; traffic management; street lighting; recreation; the arts, museums and libraries; Social Care; Strategic Planning; Trading Standards, education and Transport (Bus Services etc), recycling centres,

Public Enquiries: 0345 6066067 (Monday to Friday 8:30am to 6pm, Saturday 9am to 1pm) contact Suffolk County Council

Suffolk County Council

To report a problem i.e. faulty street light, go to the Customer Services Direct website.

Suffolk County Councillor for Halesworth:

Cllr Annette Dunning - annette.dunning@suffolk.gov.uk or telephone 07955 434408


The MP for Halesworth is Dr Thérèse Coffey: House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA Tel: 020 7219 7164



Halesworth Town Council
Waveney Local Office,
London Road, Halesworth
Suffolk IP19 8LW
Clerk’s Office
Tel: 01986 874517
Town Clerk: David Lines
Deputy Town Clerk: Phillippa Welby
Finance and Admin Officer: Jenny Jenkins
Email: admin@halesworthtowncouncil.gov.uk

Marketing Coordinator: Kelly Parker
Email: marketinghalesworth@gmail.com
The office is open
9am – 1pm
Monday, Wednesday & Friday
or by appointment
Halesworth Town Council
Waveney Local Office,
London Road, Halesworth, 
Suffolk IP19 8LW
Office Opening times:
9am - 1pm Monday, Wednesday & Friday or by appointment
Tel: 01986 874517
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