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Clare Town Council - Emergency Planning Committee

(in cooperation with the St. Edmundsbury Emergency Planning Department)

Clare has in place an Emergency Procedure. This procedure is currently being reviewed in consultation with St Edmundsbury BC. In the event of an emergency and where appropriate, the Old School is a nominated Rest Centre. The local plan will be administered from the Town Council Office at the Old School.

Old School Town Council Office 01787 277559

The main function of the Town Council Emergency Planning Committee is to provide a place of respite for persons who have been forced to leave their homes, with little or no warning, following an "emergency".
There can be no definitive list of such "emergencies" but in most cases it will be following the declaration of an incident as "major" by the Emergency Services and the Borough Council. Such an act will probably trigger the opening of the Borough Emergency Operations Centre and in many circumstances they will be responsible for providing the support and shelter required.

However, in the event that the community of Clare is cut off from the outside world (for example, by adverse weather conditions) and such an emergency arises, either because of, or in addition to the bad weather, we will have to provide such shelter ourselves.

Below are some useful numbers for you to keep.

Emergency Contact Numbers

Emergancy Services - 999
Suffolk Police HQ (Non-emergency) - 01473 613500
Suffolk Fire & Rescue Services - 01473 260588
NHS Direct - 0845 4647
Environment Agency Floodline - 08459 88 11 88
Suffolk County Council - 01473 066067
Suffolk Joint Emergency Planning Unit - 01473 265321
St Edmundsbury Borough Council - 01284 763233
(Out of hours emergency: 01284 763252)
Gas - 0800 111 999
Electricity - 08007 838 838
Anglian Water - 08457 145 145
Essex & Suffolk Water - 08457 820 999

Visit the Suffolk Resilience Website at

More Info

Main Centre - The Old School Community Centre
And if necessary - Baptist Church and United Reform Church.

Residents in Churchill Close will follow their own Emergency Planning Policy.

Clare Primary School, Clare Middle School and CLASP will follow their own Emergency Planning Policy. (All parents of children attending the schools are responsible for making themselves familiar with the school procedures).

The Communication Base (until the main official Borough Emergency Officers arrive) will be the Old School Community Centre.

In the event of a helicopter requiring a field to land the following areas have been identified - The Common, Clare Priory, Country Park, Acre Walk and Cemetery Extension.

Emergency Vehicle Parking - The Playing Fields