Your Council 2017/2018

The Town Council comprises 13 councillors who represent the 7 wards into which the town is divided. They meet as a council four times a year but also meet more regularly in smaller groups called committees which deal with the detailed business of the council. Councillors are ultimately responsible for the activities of the council, with their resolutions being carried out by the Town Hall staff. Councillors are elected every 4 years and, in addition to administering the affairs of the council, deal with a multitude of matters on behalf of residents in their ward.

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Councillors

Allan Chick

Allan Chick

Amery Ward

33 Kellynch Close,
ALTON,
GU34 2EG

01420 86101

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Mike Dicker

Mike Dicker

Amery Ward

1 Kestrel Court Avenue,
ALTON,
GU34 2LN

07484 322099

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Graham Hill

Graham Hill

Ashdell Ward

2 Anstey Mill Close,
ALTON ,
GU34 2QT

01420 86221

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Alex Hunt

Alex Hunt

Ashdell Ward

4 Laura Close,
Compton,
WINCHESTER,
SO21 2FD

07866 492643

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Peter Hicks

Peter Hicks

Eastbrooke Ward

31 Shipley Close,
ALTON,
GU34 2RW

01420 80092

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Dean Phillips

Dean Phillips

Eastbrooke Ward

11 Swallow Close,
ALTON ,
GU34 2JE

07981 395857

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James Voller

James Voller

Holybourne Ward

Hollyhock House,
1A Anstey Mill Lane,
ALTON,
GU34 2QP

01420 542825

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Matthew Bayliss

Matthew Bayliss

Westbrooke Ward

53 Lenten Street,
ALTON ,
GU34 1HE

01420 82390

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Sharon Cullen

Sharon Cullen

Westbrooke Ward

3 Railway Terrace,
Paper Mill Lane,
ALTON,
GU34 2PY

01420 543484

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Bisi Eni-Olotu

Bisi Eni-Olotu

Whitedown Ward

4 Ferncote Road,
BORDON,
GU35 0TS

07984 933037

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Pam Jones

Pam Jones

Whitedown Ward

3 Buckingham Close,
ALTON ,
GU34 1QZ

01420 86119

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Derek Gardner

Derek Gardner

Wooteys Ward

31 Hall Road,
ALTON ,
GU34 2QT

07770 365849

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Graham Titterington

Graham Titterington

Wooteys Ward

24 Haydock Close,
ALTON,
GU34 2TL

01420 80054

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Your Council 2017 / 18

Back row (standing): Mrs Emily-Jane Messenger (Community and Events Officer), Mrs Pat Harris (Finance and Admin Manager), Mrs Julie McLatch (Business Development Manager), Mrs Samantha Brown (Admin Officer), Councillor Matthew Bayliss, Councillor Allan Chick, Councillor Graham Titterington, Councillor Graham Hill, Councillor Alex Hunt, Councillor Mike Dicker, Councillor James Voller, Councillor Peter Hicks, Mrs Emma Reddie (Finance Officer), Mrs Natalie Beckell (Community and Events Officer) Mr Tyrone Smith (Grounds Manager) and Mrs Alexandra Bond (Grounds and Property Administrator)
Front row: Councillor Mrs Sharon Cullen, Councillor Derek Gardner (Deputy Town Mayor), Councillor Dean Phillips (Town Mayor), Councillor Mrs Pam Jones, Councillor Miss Bisi Eni-Olotu and Mrs Leah Coney (Town Clerk) 

Alton Town Hall

Town Hall

 


Nearest Car Park is Lady Place Car Park.
The Town Council has its offices and Council Chamber in the Town Hall in the Market Square.

The Town Hall was erected in 1813 and extended in 1840. Further improvements were carried out in 1893. The use of the building has varied considerably since it was originally built. As well as being used for meetings of the Local Board and later the Urban District Council, it has been a corn exchange, fire station,
county court, cinema, school room, social functions hall, dance hall, library and an engineer and surveyor's office.

The building was extensively restored in 1987 for which the Town Council was proud to receive the John Ambrose Award. The restoration of the building set a standard for the area and was soon followed by the enhancement of the Market Square and the redevelopment of the old cattle market - now known as Westbrook Walk. It is a Grade II Listed Building and care was taken to ensure that as many of the original features as possible were preserved.

As part of the restoration a cupula, clock and weather vane were provided on the roof in memory of a former Town Clerk - Ewart N Ings.

The ground floor has been divided into shop units, with the first floor comprising three offices and the Council Chamber. There is a stair lift available for those with limited mobility

Council Information

Alton Town Council was created on 1 April 1974 as a result of the Local Government Act 1972 which reorganised council structures and boundaries nationwide.

The major functions of the former Alton Urban District Council were transferred to Hampshire County Council and the newly formed East Hampshire District Council, leaving some minor responsibilities to the new Town Council which has the status and powers of a parish council.

The Town Council's only statutory function is the provision of allotments; however, its vast array of other activities can be broadly split into two types:
  1. The provision of so-called discretionary services for the benefit of the locality that are not provided by the principal councils, such as open spaces, sports pitches, Christmas lights, floral displays, events, some street furniture and the Assembly Rooms.
  2. Championing Alton’s cause with other statutory organisations, such as principal councils and government agencies. Included in this is the scrutinising of all planning applications affecting the town and making recommendations to the appropriate planning authority.

Alton, deriving from an Anglo-Saxon word meaning farmstead at the source of the river, is a historic market town situated at the head of the Northern River Wey valley surrounded by beautiful Hampshire countryside, and has a population of 17,000. Alton is twinned with Montecchio Maggiore, Italy, and Pertuis, France.

Allowances

Although parish and town councils are permitted in law to pay an allowance, Alton Town Council has resolved not to pay such allowances. The Town Mayor, however, is entitled to claim an allowance (currently £4,000 per annum) from which to meet the cost of such events as the Civic Reception and also to assist the cost of travelling to and from events, and other incidentals, whilst they are undertaking their extensive duties on behalf of the Council and Town.