Bridgwater Town Clerk – 21st October 2011

 Our President and members gave a warm welcome to Alan Hurford.  Alan shared his interesting and at times, amusing career and local history.  All leading to his current role,  as Town Clerk (& Responsible Financial Officer) to Bridgwater Town Council.  

Background on Town Council

Bridgwater Town Council was created in 2003 by virtue of ‘The Sedgemoor (Parish) Order made on 7 March 2003 as successors to the Charter Trustees for the Town with first elections held in May that year.

 The Town Clerk’s office, Mayor’s Parlour,  Beam and Burgess meeting rooms are in the Town Hall, High Street, Bridgwater.  Functions and powers available to the Town Council include allotments, bus shelters, making of byelaws, cemeteries, clocks, crime prevention, entertainment and arts, highways, litter, public buildings and halls, public conveniences, recreation, street lighting, tourism, traffic calming, community transport and war memorials and consultation on planning applications and such things as street naming. The Council has earmarked funds which include funds for civic enhancement, heritage regeneration, skate-park development and property building maintenance, Christmas Lights  and elections and provides service support to SDC for other services including street cleaning, public toilets, dog bins and town centre management.

  Alan Hurford – Town Clerk (& Responsible Financial Officer)

Town Clerk (Associate Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and Member of Society of Local Council Clerks).

Appointed Town Clerk to Bridgwater Town Council in November 2003 following creation of Town Council and first elections held in May that year.

Previously Head of Corporate Policy with North Somerset Council (a unitary authority of some 190,000 pop.) member of Management Team with wide-ranging portfolio and responsibility for management of Chief Executive’s Unit and Town Hall services including Press and PR, Research and Information, Community Safety Partnership, Youth Offending Team, Health and Safety, Equal Opportunities, relationships with voluntary sector and Town and Parish Councils, and special projects.

Began local government career with Bridgwater Borough Council before moving on to Weston-super-Mare Borough Council and Woodspring District Council in a variety of positions before the establishment of North Somerset in 1996.

Born in Bridgwater educated at Spaxton VC Junior School and Dr Morgan’s Grammar School and Taunton Technical College. Married to Pamela for 37 years with two sons and three grandchildren.

A resident of Bridgwater active in local community with wide-ranging interests which include Directorship of Somerset Football Association Ltd with special responsibility for marketing and new HQ project, Chairman of Bridgwater Town (1984) Football Club with teams in the British Gas Business Football League and Somerset County League and at Under 18 level and former Captain of Enmore Park Golf Club.

Also Clerk to Westonzoyland Parish Council.