Beccles Neighbourhood Plan

Operational Group

Elfrede Brambley-Crawshaw

Chairman

I live in the heart of Beccles with my husband and two children, aged 8 and 11, who attend the Albert Pye and Sir John Leman school. As a family we enjoy many of the wonderful events and opportunities within our community. I am a Beccles Town councillor representative on the Neighbourhood plan group and chair in that capacity, I am also a County Councillor for Beccles division. I am eager to make sure the interests of Beccles residents, families and young people are always represented and catered for within the town. As an independently minded person, I will always put Beccles and it’s residents first.

On the Town Council I represent the Albert Pye, Beccles Primary Academy school and St Benets Primary school as outside bodies. Currently I sit on the Assets & Environment Committee, and I am chair of the Pride in Beccles sub Committee and I am a Beccles Fenland Charity Trustee.

Away from the Town and County Council I am an active Trustee of Beccles Library and also a Member of the Beccles Fairtrade Steering group and enjoy helping them organise activities.

In 2005 I graduated from the University of East Anglia with a degree in Modern History and Politics. Since then I have worked in the education department at Norwich Castle and as a sewing tutor in Beccles. The remainder of my time is spent with my family and taking part in projects within the community.

Elfrede Brambley-Crawshaw

David Goldstone

Deputy Chairman

My name is David Goldstone and I live in Beccles. I am now retired but keep busy with hobbies such as gardening, fishing and enjoying the surrounding area as well as Beccles. I am married to Dorothy and we have two grown up children. I am keen to ensure that I live in a town that has the charm and character that Beccles has which is why I am involved with the Neighbourhood Plan team.

David Goldstone

Graham Elliott

Operational Group Member

Graham has been a District Councillor for 11 years and a Town Councillor for last 3 years. He is keen to see genuine community involvement in shaping the future development of Beccles. Graham has considerable experience in town planning and has a personal interest in creating active and healthy communities, particularly through active travel, access to open spaces and access to allotments and community gardens.

Graham Eliott

Paul Fletcher

Operational Group Member

Paul Fletcher has lived in the Beccles Area for the last 5 years.

He is currently Chairman of Beccles Society and therefore is very interested in protecting the character and architectural heritage of the Town Centre Conservation Area.

He is a retired civil engineer whose previous job was Director of Technical Services at Oldham Council. He is therefore experienced in Planning, Highway and Traffic issues.

He is very supportive of the aims and objectives of the Beccles Neighbourhood Plan and its role within the Waveney Local Plan.

Paul Fletcher

Josi

Operational Group Member

Josi lives in Beccles with her daughter. She is a qualified teacher and freelance Forest School leader. With a particular interest in Education in the Community, Josi is becoming increasingly involved with projects in Beccles, such as the development of Beccles community gardens and making Environmental Education accessible to schools.

Josi

Carol Coote

Operational Group Member

Carol is married with 3 children. She and the family lived in Beccles in the 70's and early 80's. Having moved away for her husband's job, the couple returned to Beccles 3 years ago.

Carol's career encompassed accountancy and general secretarial. She was involved in several charitable organisations including the "Sail Training Association" Aberdeen branch.

She cares for the town and is committed to preserving its unique character through involvement with the Neighbourhood Plan Operational Group.

Carol Coote

Heather Sexton

Operational Group Member

Heather Sexton, married with two grown-up children and three grandchildren. A semi-retired teacher now tutoring children in Beccles and area for Tutoreast, having spent most of her working life in south Essex. Lived in Beccles since December 2016. A member of Beccles New Life Christian Fellowship and involved with the local food bank. Passionate about the future of Beccles, especially in relation to children and young people.

Heather Sexton

Richard Bellefontaine

Operational Group Member

I have been associated with Beccles for many years and a resident for almost thirty of those years. My broad outlook on life is one of conservation and also care of our environment in its wider context.

As a long standing member of The Beccles Society – and serving as its secretary for some eleven years – I gained a wide knowledge of planning law, regulations and practices, particularly as they relate to conservation areas, listed buildings and other aspects of heritage. It also means I have a fairly extensive knowledge of the town’s streets, buildings and infrastructure.

It follows that my main contribution to the Neighbourhood Plan is sure to centre on our built environment, particularly the quality and design of new residential build. At the same time help formulate policies to strengthen and enhance the conservation area. Also to foster a better public understanding of the roles conservation and heritage play in providing an attractive and interesting place in which to live, work and play.

Yet another aspect should be to promote the economic advantages of having a well-managed (and well understood) approach to the town’s Historic and Architectural Heritage. Finally and importantly, great thought will be needed throughout the plan to ensure the town retains its special appeal and character.

Richard Bellefontaine

Clare MacKney

Chairman

After careers in town planning and later music, Clare and husband Andy moved to Beccles permanently in 2009. She believes the town has very special qualities in terms of its environment and enterprising community, and got involved with the Neighbourhood Plan in order to help preserve and enhance these unique advantages in step with the major developments proposed.

Clare MacKney

Jennie Robinson

Operational Group Member

Jennie has lived in Beccles for the last 13 years with her partner and their 2 children.

In 2014, she set up the enterprise Wandering Arts to strengthen creativity in schools and local communities in Norfolk and Suffolk and is currently involved in developing Government arts programmes. Jennie believes creativity and the arts are essential to the local community and has been Chairperson of Beccles Society of Artists (BSA) since 2014.

Jennie has a degree in Fine Art and is a qualified teacher. Between 2010-2012, she was on the steering group to establish the Beccles Free School (BFS) which opened in 2012. She became a member of the Local Advisory Body for the BFS in 2018.

In 2015, Jennie graduated from the University of East Anglia with a Masters degree in History of Art. During her studies, she developed a particular interest in social and cultural changes in response to the urbanisation of a landscape. Jennie is an affiliate member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and has access to a wealth of knowledge about planning including detailed information on key topics and core issues.

She has the desire to seek growth take place in a way which works with our environment and the local community and is keen to see Beccles establish as a vibrant place which people of all ages enjoy living in and visiting. Jennie enjoys being part of a diverse team who seek to create solutions and are open to innovation.

Jennie Robinson

Chris Greenhill

Operational Group Member

I’ve lived and brought up a family in Beccles since 1979 and am a retired chartered town planner.

I have worked in a London Borough, a district council, in Nigeria and Papua New Guinea, for HM Planning Inspectorate, and in planning related roles for a rural housing association, and Norfolk County Council, where I was involved in providing housing and support for vulnerable people in the community.

My hobbies are music and my allotment, and I am a member of the Independent Monitoring Board for HMP Norwich. I love living in Beccles and would like to see the town centre as a place to linger and browse and eat, with more people and less traffic.

Chris Greenhill

About Us

The Beccles Neighbourhood Plan Operational Group is made up of a mix of people from the local community. There's representation from residents and town councillors but the most important thing is what you the people of Beccles say to us.

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