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Needham Market Town Council Meetings:

These are held on the first and third Wednesday of every month. Members of the public are welcome to attend the meetings. Town Council meetings are held in The Green Room, Community Centre, School Street, Needham Market, Suffolk, IP6 8BB


A Casual Vacancy has arisen on Needham Market Town Council.

The period when a formal election could be called has elapsed with no call for an election and the Town Council must now seek to fill the vacancy through a co-option process. Councillors will consider expressions of interest received at the full Town Council meeting on 1st August. There is no ‘application’ form. The advice to those considering expressing an interest is to provide a brief personal overview and what Councillors look for most, is what any candidate can add to the Council by way of commitment. Alternative to submitting an expression of interest is for any candidate to come along to the Council meeting on 1st August and opportunity will be given to make a verbal submission to Councillors during the meeting.
If you would like further information / advice, please contact the Town Clerk, Kevin Hunter, Tel: (01449) 722246 or email: [email protected]


A further Casual Vacancy has arisen on Needham Market Town Council.

Please click on the following link to see the formal notice regarding a call for Election.  If there is no call for Election, the Town Council will seek to fill the vacancy via co-option, see above Vacancy Notice for information on the co-option process.  The dates for submission of interest in co-option will be confirmed in due course.

Notice of Vacancy – Needham Market 09.07.2018

Annual Electoral Register Canvass 2018

Please click on the following link to see information regarding registering to vote:

Parish Canvass poster

Temporary suspension of the 7.5t environmental weight restriction through Needham Market

Burstall Bridge on the A1071 near Hintlesham has been struck twice and requires repair.

To facilitate the works Suffolk County Council will require road closures. In order to minimise disruption these have been restricted to the following dates;

13/07/2018 (20:00hrs) – 15/07/2018 (18:00hrs) – Road Closure
16/07/2018 – 20/07/2018 – Two way traffic signals
20/07/2018 (20:00hrs) – 21/07/2018 (06:00hrs) – Road Closure

During the road closures a signed diversion route will be in place including a temporary suspension of the 7.5t environmental weight restriction through Needham Market to allow for HGV’s using the diversion.

Needham Market Neighbourhood Plan – June 2018 Update

The Town Council has engaged, from the beginning of the year, with Central Government funding, AECOM (Masterplanning consultants) to produce a feasibility study on the concept of the creation of a relief road, connecting Barking Road with Stowmarket Road. The relief road is intended to form a new development boundary for the town in response to anticipated housing growth and relieving the High Street of additional traffic that will result from that growth. The approach is also intended to provide a strategic plan for new infrastructure (Health, Education etc.) commensurate with the demand new housing development generates. The AECOM report on the Feasibility Study is now finalised and will be presented to Town Councillors, representatives from Mid Suffolk District Council and Barking Parish Council (the latter as the projected route of the relief road extends slightly beyond the current Needham Market boundary) in mid-July. Immediately following that presentation, the report will be made available for public viewing and a public engagement/consultation event will be arranged.

Annual Governance and Accountability Return Part 3  2017/2018

To view the above forms, please click on the link below:

Annual Governance and Accountability Return & Notice of Public Rights Forms 2017-2018

The External Auditors report will be published here once received in the Town Council Office.

Needham Market Train Station – Access for All

The Town Council is pleased to be supporting a group of campaigners aimed at improving accessibility to the Needham Market Train Station.

Needham Market Train Station – ‘Access for All’ Campaign
Thank you for your help so far towards this local petition (nearly 1500 signatures April 2018) to achieve an alternative to the 49 steep steps to access or disembark from the Ipswich-bound platform. Currently wheelchair users, and many others with limited mobility, travelling with buggies, toddlers, heavy luggage or bicycles, are unable to use our train station; it is also restricting economic development in this fast-growing area.Our campaign has been busy:
Ongoing coverage in local newspapers and Radio Suffolk
Meetings with Council and Railway officials and support of local organisations, businesses, and Councils at Town, District and County level
Support of national organisations such as Campaign for Better Transport
A Facebook profile, with link to the online version of our petition
In March 2018 we met with Chris Grayling, Secretary of State for Transport, together with MP Jo Churchill – both are now aware of our station’s exceptionally poor access facilities and of our campaign to improve this.It is likely Government will be considering new funding in late 2018 – this will be a national ‘pot’ and competition will be fierce. We need as much evidence of local support as possible to increase our chance of a Government grant – our goal is 2000 signatures.PLEASE HELP US BY DISPLAYING THIS PETITION AND ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO SIGN.

This hardy group of Local Campaigners already include Town, District and County Councillors as well as our local Member in Parliament Jo Churchill, yet still urgently need your support.

Please sign the petition today:


Needham Market Community Centre

All enquiries regarding hiring or use of the Community Centre must be emailed to the Community Centre Manager, Mr Martin Spurling: [email protected]
or telephone: 07756 575158.

Needham Lake

Needham Lake is owned and operated by Mid Suffolk District Council and all enquiries relating to it should be made directly to them.
Please see their Website for contact details: www.midsuffolk.gov.uk


Events Calendar

July 2018
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
June 25, 2018 June 26, 2018 June 27, 2018 June 28, 2018 June 29, 2018 June 30, 2018 July 1, 2018
July 2, 2018 July 3, 2018 July 4, 2018 July 5, 2018 July 6, 2018 July 7, 2018 July 8, 2018
July 9, 2018 July 10, 2018 July 11, 2018 July 12, 2018 July 13, 2018 July 14, 2018 July 15, 2018
July 16, 2018 July 17, 2018 July 18, 2018 July 19, 2018 July 20, 2018 July 21, 2018 July 22, 2018
July 23, 2018 July 24, 2018 July 25, 2018 July 26, 2018 July 27, 2018 July 28, 2018 July 29, 2018
July 30, 2018 July 31, 2018 August 1, 2018 August 2, 2018 August 3, 2018 August 4, 2018 August 5, 2018

Contact us

Community Centre
School Street
Needham Market

Town Council Offices Opening Hours -
Mondays and Thursdays: 10am till 12 noon
(01449) 722246 Answerphone
Email us

Town Clerk
Kevin Hunter

Assistant Town Clerk
Kelaine Spurdens