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Mayor seeking views on civic events

PUBLISHED: 11:00 16 October 2010

Lowestoft mayor Nigel Dack

Lowestoft mayor Nigel Dack

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Lowestoft's mayor is asking for townspeople's views on the future of civic events and ceremonies.

Mayor Nigel Dack wants them to tell him about the kinds of events and functions they would like to see taking place in the town – and how much they would be prepared to pay towards them.

Lowestoft is unique within Suffolk because, although it has a civic mayor, it does not have a town or parish council.

Instead, the mayor chairs a group of Waveney district councillors called the Lowestoft Charter Trustees, who are responsible for local ceremonial roles.

Each year, a small precept is added to your council tax to fund civic events – there was a budget last year of £7,700 to cover more than 100 events over the year.

The mayor is also involved in fundraising events, and grants of about £1,000 are made towards the Lowestoft and Plaisir Twinning Association and towards the cost of the Christmas lights.

Mr Dack said: “It is important that we understand exactly what Lowestoft residents want from the role of mayor and if they would be prepared to pay additionally for some events. All views and opinions will be considered before any decision is made, and I am very grateful to everyone who takes part.”

Copies of a questionnaire can be collected from the Marina customer service centre and town hall; deadline for your thoughts is Friday, November 19. It can also be completed online at www.waveney.gov.uk/consultations.

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