We’ve turned a corner, says council as new role is filled

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Long Melford Parish Council is better equipped to progress after “a challenging couple of years” having appointed a financial officer, says its chairman.

Yvonne Hall will take over some of the financial duties which had been carried out by parish clerk Gifford Lewis.

Mr Lewis will continue in his role and see his hours increase to 24 per week, having previously offered his resignation.

“I was finding that I couldn’t do both posts as my hours had reduced,” said Mr Lewis.

“I think villagers will now see a more efficient service, as we are trying to get to grips with financial controls and the other issues we have got, including managing the Cordell Road public toilets.”

Peter Turner, council chairman, said Mrs Hall would bring considerable experience from the financial sector to the position.

“We are really fortunate to have a very good team with both Gifford and Yvonne,” said Mr Turner.

“The last couple of years have been very challenging but there is a firm belief that we have turned the corner.”

Residents are invited to attend Long Melford’s annual parish meeting on Tuesday, April 16, at the library from 7pm, which will include reports from several clubs and groups.