Aylsham’s new town council clerk has spent the past 11 years helping parishes all over Norfolk.

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Sue Lake has been lead officer with the county’s association of local councils since 2007, having started there as an administration officer.

It involved providing support on legal and procedural matters as well as acting as a voice for towns and parishes at district and county council level.

In June she will take over the Aylsham parish clerk role from Mo Anderson-Dungar, who retiring after almost 22 years in the post.

Mrs Lake has also in the past been parish clerk for more than 12 years in her home village of Hainford.

She said she was looking forward to working full-time again for one grass roots council.

“I shall enjoy the challenge of direct involvement in my market town.

“Town councils are increasingly important as somewhere to give local people a real voice,” she added.

Mrs Lake, 56, has also previously done administration work for Barclays Bank’s will tax and investment section, as well as the Norfolk branch of the Playgroup Association.

She is married to Paul, who is design manager at Anglian Windows, and they have two grown up children Richard 28 and Abby 26. Away from work Mrs Lake enjoys walking and watching sport.

She will work alongside Mrs Anderson-Dungar from May 1, and will meet local people at the annual town meeting the previous evening.

7 comments

  • Yes I do because that's not the case, check some of the other councils where that does happen for half that wage. This council has a weak chair and the clerk always gets her own way. Audit is external and so are accounts, she very really answers calls and actions are minimal. Perhaps you should think again.

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    Sweet cheeks

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • I think she is ok unlike some who write one set of minutes and one agenda for £800 a month.

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    Sweet cheeks

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Yes I do because that's not the case, check some of the other councils where that does happen for half that wage. This council has a weak chair and the clerk always gets her own way. Audit is external and so are accounts, she very really answers calls and actions are minimal. Perhaps you should think again.

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    Sweet cheeks

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Sweet cheeks - do tell us more.

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    arfur

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Sweetcheeks, interesting comments. High wages for just producing agenda and minutes? Take a moment to read through those minutes, and consider that each of those decisions require action.... Every month. Then think about what you don't see: audit, financial management, communications, liaison with the public, to name but a few. Then consider that some of that payment is probably reclaiming expenses that she has incurred as her council doesn't run petty cash and she is keen to get the best value from residents council tax which normally involves buying online and claiming back, from her own pocket. Then tell me that she is paid too much.

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    Katie1

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Feltwell parish council website, they seem to pay a lot

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    Sweet cheeks

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Well done and good luck with her new endeavours.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

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