Environmental Forum

The purpose of the Environmental Forum is as follows:

Review and Report (to Council):

1. To coordinate initiatives within the local community to promote a clean and green town; and
2. To support the planting of trees in the town to increase canopy cover in accordance with the Environmental Policy adopted by the Council.

Members of the Environmental Forum:

Councillor Oliver Amorowson
Councillor Terence Carter
Councillor Maria Child
Councillor Paul Ekpenyong
Councillor Lesley Mayes
Councillor Miles Row (Chair)

Meeting dates for the municipal year 2019/2020 are as follows:

Wednesday 3rd July 2019
Wednesday 9th July 2019
Wednesday 11th March 2020


Financial Strategy Group

The purpose of the Financial Strategy Group is as follows:

Review and Report (to Council):

1. To have strategic oversight of the Town Council’s financial position and delivery of its Medium Term Financial Plan;
2. To support the Town Clerk & Responsible Financial Officer in submitting the Budget Book to Council;
3. To consider the Town Council’s financial outlook, financial capacity, revenue and capital requirements, position with regard to general and designated reserves and risk factors facing the Council in determining the Precept;
4. To ensure that the Town Clerk has the appropriate financial and staffing resources and structures required to deliver the Corporate Plan objectives in an effective and efficient manner; and
5. To consider and provide feedback on any issue presented by the Town Clerk where a cross-party steer is required (subject to any policy and budgetary decisions being taken by full Council).

Members of the Financial Strategy Group:

Councillor Gerard Brewster
Councillor Nick Gowrley (Chair)
Councillor Miles Row
Councillor Barry Salmon
Councillor Keith Scarff

Meeting dates for the municipal year 2019/2020 are as follows:

Wednesday 13th November 2019
Wednesday 15th January 2020


Grants Panel

The purpose of the Grants Panel is as follows:

Full Delegation:

1. To determine in-year grant applications (principally through the StowFund scheme) that do not form part of the Annual Grants Round.

Review and Report:

1. To consider grant applications as part of the Annual Grants Round and make recommendations to Council regarding the award of grants;
2. To make recommendations regarding revisions to the Council’s grants scheme including scoring criteria; and
3. To assess applications referred to the Panel by the Town Clerk for funding in respect of the StowFund scheme and make recommendations to Council.

Members of the Grants Panel:

Councillor Gerard Brewster
Councillor Keith Scarff (Chair)
Councillor Miles Row

Meeting dates for the municipal year 2019/2020 are as follows:

Wednesday 27th November 2019


Place Shaping Board

The purpose of the Place Shaping Board is as follows:

Review and Report (to Council) as appropriate:

1. To provide leadership and oversight of place shaping in Stowmarket on behalf of the Town Council in supporting the delivery of the Vision for Prosperity for Stowmarket; and
2. To direct research into the costs and benefits of fulfilling the Town Council’s place shaping priorities including major projects; and

Members of the Place Shaping Board:

Councillor Gerard Brewster
Councillor Nick Gowrley
Councillor Lesley Mayes (Chair)
Councillor Barry Salmon
Councillor Miles Row

Meeting dates for the municipal year 2019/2020 are as follows:

Thursday 26th September 2019
Thursday 13th February 2020