Harwich Town Council succeeded Harwich Borough Council during local government re-organisation in 1974.
The Council is statutorily responsible for the provision and administration of allotment land, and is the administrative body for the putting green and crazy golf in the leisure area of the town.
Buildings behind the old Magistrates Court (previously known as The Hill School) were purchased by the Council in 1993 and developed for community use, and currently these buildings are let to various community and leisure organisations.
Harwich Town Council consists of 16 Councillors who are elected every four years. The Chairman of the Council
(The Town Mayor) and the Deputy Mayor are elected in May annually by their colleagues, with the Deputy Mayor succeeding The Mayor.
At present six town Councillors also serve as representatives for Harwich on the Tendring District Council and one on Essex County Council.
The Full Council meets once every six weeks, with a Planning Committee meeting being held every three weeks. At this meeting recommendations on Town Planning Applications are made to Tendring District Council who are the
Planning Authority for Harwich. Other Committee meetings are held at approximately two month intervals throughout the year
Allotments Committee – To oversee the management of allotment land
Finance and General Purposes Committee – to oversee issues relating to finance, staffing, security and general running of the Council.
Environment and Highways Committee – to oversee issues relating to the environment and highways, as well as tree planting, and to liaise with the relevant authorities.
Council administration takes place at The Guildhall where four members of staff are employed :
Clerk to the Council and Responsible Financial Officer – Lucy Ballard 01255 507211 (option3)
Assistant Clerk – Michelle Townsend 01255 507211 (option 4)
Estates Supervisor – Peter Barrenger 01255 507211 (option 5)
Administrative Assistant (Apprentice) – Shannon Lenyk 01255 507211 (option 7)
There are also two volunteer archivists that visit each week to carry on the ongoing task of keeping interesting records of the past along with many other tasks which without their dedication we would possibly lose these artefacts to a larger organisation!
Anne & Ray – 01255 507211 (option 6)