The Beccles Ward has long had a Green Councillor on the District Council, and has been the trail blazer for Waveney Greens: Graham Elliot carved the way back in 2008, and Elfrede Brambley-Crawshaw since 2015. Since the change of the District Boundary we have been proudly and actively representing the people of Worlingham, Barnby and North Cove. We had amazing success at the last Suffolk County Council elections in May 2021 and took both seats. We maintained our 3rd seat on the East Suffolk District elections ensuring you have a full quota of five green seats working hard for the residents all year around.
Some of our many Green initiatives around Beccles
- Graham Elliot was instrumental in securing Beccles Lido project and its future. Together with Beccles Public Hall, and the Black Dog Ferry, these three assets are now owned by local charity BLL and are run for the benefit of the local community.
- Greens were successful in securing major improvements at Beccles railway station. We also helped reinstate an hourly train service on the East Suffolk line connecting the town to Ipswich and Lowestoft.
- We were instrumental in securing the future of the Beccles Town bus service after it was axed and has been instrumental in developing cycle routes in the area.
- In 2017 we started Ecobricks and Terracycle in 2017 which rapidly also encompassed monthly Bring and Take events at Blyburgate Hall.
- Beccles Community Hub – a natural continuation of Bring and Take opened in September 2021
We work hard for the community all year round
We’ve been spotted shovelling snow off the streets of Beccles in order to make it safer and more accessible for shops to open and shoppers to safely access them. Taking plums off the tree in the town as some years it provides a huge amount of fruit that is allowed to fall on the paths making the main pedestrian area both a slip hazard and attracting wasps and generally making the main seating area a very unpleasant place to be; cutting back and pulling weeds from overgrown footpaths and road (without footpaths) to make them safer to use.
We have a wonderful leaflet delivery team who go out four times a year and deliver our newsletters. Newsletters are very important as they inform the residents of what we have been doing, and we hear on door steps what people want.
Green Drinks and Green Coffee mornings are very popular. We meet at the Railway Cafe or the appropriately named Green Dragon.