Cllr Paul Hopfensperger. Independent Bury St Edmunds Town Councillor and

West Suffolk Councillor for St Olaves Ward, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

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Cllr Paul Hopfensperger

Political Career

Current Positions

 

West Suffolk Councillor - St Olaves Ward - April 1st, 2019 to Present

On April 1st, 2019, Paul became one of the founding members of the brand new West Suffolk Council formed by the merger of St Edmundsbury Borough Council and Forest Heath District Councils. He was elected for the first four year term of the newly formed council on May 2nd, 2019.

Committee and Outside Body appointments as a West Suffolk Councillor:

          - Substitute Member (June 2019 - Present)

          - West Suffolk Hospital Board Observer (Jan 2016 - June 2019)

          - West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Board Observer (Jan 2016 - June 2019)

  • Bury St Edmunds Town Centre Masterplan Advisory Group

  • Newbury Community Centre Board Observer

  • New Newbury Community Centre Project Board Member

Bury St Edmunds Town Councillor - St Olaves Ward - May 5th, 2016 to Present

After nearly 13 years voluntary absence from the Bury St Edmunds Town Council, Paul stood for re-election in a by-election which took place after the resignation of a sitting councillor. Paul won the by-election beating the Labour Party candidate into second place, and the Conservative Party candidate who came last. He was re-elected on May 2nd, 2019.

Committee and Outside Body appointments as a Bury St Edmunds Town Councillor

Former Positions

St Edmundsbury Borough Councillor - St Olaves Ward - May 5th, 2011 to March 31st, 2019

After first standing for election in 1999 to be a St Edmundsbury Borough Councillor and missing out by just 21 votes, Paul was elected to represent St Olaves Ward on May 5th, 2011, beating the Green Party and Labour Party candidates in the process. He remained in this position until March 31st, 2019, when the newly formed West Suffolk Council took the place of St Edmundsbury Borough Councils respectively (see above).

Committee and Outside Body appointments as a St Edmundsbury Borough Councillor:

          - West Suffolk Hospital Board Observer

          - West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Board Observer

  • Bury St Edmunds Town Centre Masterplan Advisory Group

  • Newbury Community Centre Board Observer

  • New Newbury Community Centre Project Board Member

Suffolk County Councillor - Tower Division - May 5th, 2005 to June 4th, 2009

On May 5th, 2005, Paul was elected to represent the people of Tower Division on Suffolk County Council, a huge 2 seater division covering half of Bury St Edmunds which included the electoral wards of St Olaves Ward, Abbeygate Ward, Risbygate Ward, Northgate Ward and Minden Ward. Paul considers it his biggest election victory to date for two reasons. Firstly, he polled a staggering 2,747 votes which he found very humbling. Secondly, he defeated the sitting Labour leader of Suffolk County Council at the time. He was one of two County Councillors elected from 12 candidates from all the leading parties including; Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, UKIP, Greens and a husband and wife Independent team.

Committee and Outside Body appointments as a Suffolk County Councillor:

  • Full Council

  • Public Protection Scrutiny Committee

         - Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service Joint Forum

  • Vice Chairman -  Roads and Transport Scrutiny Committee

          - Chairman - Shared-Space Working Party

  • Assistant to Cabinet Member for 2012 London Olympic Game Preparations

  • Customer Service Direct (CSD) Scrutiny Working Party

  • Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery Board Observer

  • King Edward VI School - Foundation Governor

Bury St Edmunds Town Councillor - Eastgate Ward - June 4th, 2003 to June 8th, 2006

Paul's first role in local government was as one of the founding members of the newly created Bury St Edmunds Town Council in 2003. Having spent 3 years on the Town Council, he decided to step down in 2006 to concentrate on his work as a Suffolk County Councillor (see above) but served as the Mayor of Bury St Edmunds, Cllr Rebecca Hopfensperger's Consort during her term as Mayor of Bury St Edmunds from 2006 to 2007. During this time, he successfully swum The English Channel, raising over £16,500 for two local charities. The first was for the Bury St Edmunds branch of CLIC Sargent Children's Cancer Charity (£10,000) and the second was St Nicholas' Hospice Care (over £6,500) in Bury St Edmunds.

Committee and Outside Body appointments as a Bury St Edmunds Town Councillor for Eastgate Ward

  • Full Council

  • Deputy Mayor of Bury St Edmunds (2005-2006) and Mayor of Bury St Edmunds's Consort (2006-2007)

  • Chairman of the Policy and Finance Committee

  • Chairman of the Leisure Services Committee

  • Chairman of the Planning Committee

         - Chairman of the Cattle Market Re-development Working Party

  • Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre Working Party - Founding member of the annual Christmas Fayre

  • Bury St Edmunds Town Council representative on the Bury St Edmunds Chamber of Commerce Board

  • Bury St Edmunds Town Council representative on the Bury St Edmunds Town Centre Management Group

         - Bury St Edmunds Christmas Lights Working Party