Your Council 2018/2019

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.

Published record of Councillor attendance at all meetings.
2017/18
2016/17
2015/16
2014/15


Councillors

Sharon Cullen (Lib Dem)

Sharon Cullen (Lib Dem)

Amery Ward

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

01420 543484

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Amanda Durley (Lib Dem)

Amanda Durley (Lib Dem)

Amery Ward

24 Ascot Close,
ALTON,
GU34 2TE

07510 223458

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Suzie Burns (Lib Dem)

Suzie Burns (Lib Dem)

Ashdell Ward

2 Goodyers,
ALTON ,
GU34 2SH

01420 542453

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Christopher Lawrence (Lib Dem)

Christopher Lawrence (Lib Dem)

Ashdell Ward

12 Gauvain Close,
ALTON,
GU34 2SB

01420 549474

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Gideon Cristofoli (Lab)

Gideon Cristofoli (Lab)

Eastbrooke Ward

88 Normandy Street,
ALTON,
GU34 1DH

01420 82881 (office)

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Paul Crossley (Con)

Paul Crossley (Con)

Holybourne Ward

74 Garstons Way,
Holybourne,
ALTON ,
GU34 4BQ

07793 373212

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Graham Hill (Con)

Graham Hill (Con)

Holybourne Ward

2 Anstey Mill Close,
ALTON,
GU34 2QT

01420 86221

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Matthew Bayliss (Con)

Matthew Bayliss (Con)

Westbrooke Ward

53 Lenten Street,
ALTON ,
GU34 1HE

01420 82390

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Richard Platt (Lib Dem)

Richard Platt (Lib Dem)

Westbrooke Ward

2 Goodyers,
ALTON,
GU34 2SH

01420 542453

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Ginny Boxall (Lib Dem)

Ginny Boxall (Lib Dem)

Whitedown Ward

12a Borovere Lane,
ALTON,
GU34 1PD

01420 80042

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Pam Jones (Lib Dem)

Pam Jones (Lib Dem)

Whitedown Ward

3 Buckingham Close,
ALTON ,
GU34 1QZ

01420 86119

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Pam Bradford (Lib Dem)

Pam Bradford (Lib Dem)

Wooteys Ward

14 Gauvain Close,
ALTON ,
GU34 2SB

01420 82970

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Graham Titterington (Lib Dem)

Graham Titterington (Lib Dem)

Wooteys Ward

24 Haydock Close,
ALTON,
GU34 2TL

01420 80054

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Your Council 2018 / 19





Photo taken on 15th May 2019 at the Annual meeting

Back row - Martin Whapshott (Senior Groundsperson), Natalie Beckell (Community & Events Officer), Samantha Brown (Councillor Support/Administrator Officer), Pat Harris (Finance & Administrator Manager),Cllr Amanda Durley, Cllr Gideon Cristofoli, Cllr Richard Platt, Cllr Christopher Lawrence, Cllr Paul Crossley, Cllr Matthew Bayliss, Cllr Graham Hill, Rev Philip Smipkins, Alexandra Bond (Grounds Administrator), Emily-Jane Messenger (Community & Events Officer), Jordan Gascoigne (Groundsperson), Saffron Dimmock (Skilled Groundsperson)
Front row - Cllr Ginny Boxall, Cllr Suzie Burns, Cllr Graham Titterington, Cllr Pam Jones, Cllr Sharon Cullen, Cllr Pam Bradford, 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.