Fakenham Town Council is the first tier of local government, serving the town of Fakenham. You can contact us via telephone, email, or pop into the offices and say hello. Click here for our contact details and opening times, or read on to find out more about what we do.

How We Do It...

We represent the community, listening to residents and work with others to find solutions to issues in the town. We put forward the views of the community to other organisations, such as North Norfolk District Council and Norfolk County Council, The Police, the local MP… the list goes on! We liaise with these organisations to improve services in Fakenham and make your opinions heard. We also provide and maintain recreation spaces and amenities for the town, manage the weekly market and oversee the Market Tolls Fund to support local organisations and groups.

Who Does What?

As well as Councillors, the Council employs three staff across the administrative and maintenance teams, led by the Town Clerk Linda Jennings. The Town Clerk is like a Chief Executive. As the Proper Officer of the Council, the Clerk is responsible for ensuring that the instructions of the Council are carried out. The Clerk also advises the Council on the formation of policies, ensures effective decision making and provides strategic direction.

The Council is led by the Town Mayor who is elected each year at the Annual Meeting of Council in May. The Town Mayor chairs Full Council meetings and attends civic engagements and other functions as the Council’s representative. If you would like the Mayor to attend an event, please send an invitation to the Town Council Offices, here.

Who are the Councillors? How do I speak with them?

The Town Council is made up of 16 elected councillors and has four sub-committees. Councillors are all unpaid members from the community who care about Fakenham and making it the best place it can be!

You can view our Councillors and their contact details here:

George Acheson – Mayor

Gilly Foortse – Deputy Mayor

Sarah Brown

Michael Coates

Richard Crook

Tim Duffy

Tony Edwards

Janet Holdom

Richard Lynam

Sean Mears

Richard Smith

Julia Sandford-Cooke

Gary Thorpe

Adrian Vertigan

Dawn Wakefield

Can I come to Council meetings?

Of course! Decisions that councillors make often affect the lives of those working and living in the town, so as a Council, we have to make sure all decision making is transparent and accountable. All Council meetings are open to the public, with an opportunity for you to discuss items on the agenda.

You will be able to view the agenda at least three clear days before the meeting is held. Check the committees and meetings page to find out more about the different committees, and find out when they meet.

Can I become a Councillor?

To become a councillor, normally you must be elected. Our next election will be in 2019, though vacancies do occasionally appear between elections. In these cases the Council may co-opt applicants to fill these vacancies.  If you’re over 18, a citizen of the UK, EU or Commonwealth, live in or work within three miles of Fakenham and have a commitment to doing what’s best for the town, get in touch.

You can find out lots of useful information about becoming a councillor, and what it is like here.

Still got questions?

We’re happy to help. Contact us with your query, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

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