Paula Lowe (Chairman)
Member of Parks and Leisure Committee
I was born and bought up in Bethnal Green, East London. Before moving to Norfolk I worked in a bank and 15 years for the N.H.S. Then in 2000 I moved up to Rackheath with my husband Ken and 2 children. I owned and ran the corner shop on Salhouse Road until 2012. I now live in Vera Road, did not move very far. I joined the parish council in 2001, leaving briefly for a break and then returning. I helped run the youth club for ten years and although it got a bit mad sometimes, really enjoyed my time there. I am now part of the Park and Leisure committee and am usually in the bar at Rackheath Live and the fireworks display, working not drinking.
Tel: 01603 722126
Chairman of Parks and Leisure Committee. Representative on RVH Management Committee
I grew up in Sprowston and have lived in Rackheath for 18 years, my ancestors; the Dungar family lived in South Lodge on Salhouse Road in the 1800’s so we haven’t travelled far in the last 200 years!
I helped to run youth club for 10 years and mentored the Youth Council for 5 years.
My children are now adults so the Parish Council seems the appropriate place for me to carry on my community volunteering. I am on the Parks and Leisure Committee and have been involved in organising the annual Rackheath Live music events and the Firework event from 2016.
Chairman of Planning Committee
Chairman of the Finance Working Group and member of Planning and Parks and Leisure Committees
Stephen joined the Parish Council in October 2018
Member of Finance Working Group
Internal Control, member of the Finance Working Group and reserve member of Planning Committee
I have lived in Rackheath with my wife, Emma, and our children, Sam and Joel, since 2000. Sam and Joel attended Rackheath Primary School before going to Broadland High School and on to university and college.
I have been actively involved in the community; with the playgroup, youth club, parish council and the Rackheath Community Trust throughout this time. Unfortunately the youth club closed in 2018 due to lack of volunteers. I became County Councillor earlier in 2019 when Tom Garrod stood down and following the elections in May 2019 I was re-elected as District Councillor for the Wroxham Ward on Broadland District Council and as Parish Councillor on Rackheath Parish Council.
I was a social worker for Norfolk Children’s Services and was pleased to be part of Rackheath into the Future (our Neighbourhood Plan Group) and hope my desire to get the best for Rackheath residents will come to fruition. Rackheath is going through a period of great change but I believe that WE (the residents) should have a voice and it is for that reason I wanted to be involved. WE can develop plans to keep Rackheath a great place to live. A place I would like to see my children and grandchildren grow up in.
Member of Planning Committee and Parks and Leisure Committee
I have lived in Rackheath since 2000 with my parents Fran and Emma and my older brother Sam. My brother and I both went to Rackheath Primary and Broadland High Schools. Since then, I have gone to City College Norwich and I am currently a University student at St. Mary’s University, Twickenham, studying Football Coaching and Development with Chelsea Football Club.
I have been an active member in the community since 2010 when I become a member of the Rackheath Youth Parish Council where we helped get new play equipment for Jubilee Park, a Pelican crossing on Salhouse Road and setting up the various different live shows from the Bandstand Marathon back in 2012 (which has become Rackheath Live) and a comedy and music show; Horse and Louis, in the Holy Trinity Church in 2012. I was a volunteer at the Rackheath Youth Club between 2013 to its closing down in 2018.
I joined the Parish Council back in May 2019 because I wanted to be the voice for the younger people of our community. As the youngest member of the council (23 years old) I have a different perspective and will do my best to help the community with all upcoming developments and help Rackheath prosper in its future.
Brian re-Joined the Council in September 2021.
About the Community Council
Rackheath Community Council has Parish Councillors who are elected every 4 years, the last election was in May 2019. We currently have vacancies for 4 new members. If you are interested in joining the Council please talk to one of the current Councillors and/or contact the Parish Clerk for more information.
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The Role of a Councillor
They are elected to represent the interest of the local community as a whole and promote a harmonious local environment. The number of elected Councillors depends on the size of the area, in Rackheath we are able to have 11 Councillors.
Local Councils are the first tier of governance and are the first point of contact for anyone concerned with a community issue. They are democratically elected local authorities and exist in England, Wales and Scotland. The term 'Local Council' is synonymous with ' Parish Council, 'Town Council' and 'Community Council'.
Local Councils are made up of locally elected Councillors. They are legally obliged to hold at least four meetings a year. Most meet on a monthly cycle to discuss council business and hear from local residents. District and County Councillors regularly attend parish meetings and report at the Annual Parish meeting. Councillors are expected to attend meetings on a regular basis.
Councillors must abide by a Code of Conduct, a set of rules on how Councillors are expected to behave. They must also declare their financial interests in the community, details of which are kept by the District Council.