Paula Lowe (Chairman)
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.
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.
I have lived in Rackheath with my wife, Emma, and our children, Sam and Joel, for over 15 years. 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.
Stephen joined the Parish Council in October 2018
Joel joined the Parish Council in May 2019.
About the Community Council
Rackheath Community Council has Parish Councillors who are elected every 4 years, the last election was in May 2015. We currently have vacancies for 3 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.