Babergh and Mid Suffolk residents have three weeks left to submit their comments on draft proposals to create a new council in the heart of Suffolk.
The engagement, which was launched on Monday 11 December 2017, allows respondents to submit their responses up until Monday 5 February 2018. It asks residents and businesses in both districts to comment on proposals to dissolve both Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils and form a new, single council to cover the area.
Responses can be submitted online through a survey, directly via email or in writing to the councils at the addresses below.
All of the views submitted will help inform a detailed business case, which will be drafted and considered by councillors later in the year. Every response received will be anonymised and attached, in full, to the business case.
An independent telephone survey of 4,000 residents is also being carried out by ComRes. This is a survey of a representative sample of residents in Babergh and Mid Suffolk by age, gender, geography, socio-economic grade and ethnicity. The anonymised results of this survey will be publicly available and will also inform the production of the business case.
Cllr Nick Gowrley, Leader of Mid Suffolk District Council, said: “We in Mid Suffolk have always worked hard to deliver the services our residents need, and with local government funding changing so radically over the coming years we need new and innovative ways to keep doing that. Our residents and businesses know best what support they need, and this is just the opportunity for them to tell us. With only three weeks left it’s time for everyone to take part.”
Cllr John Ward, who became Leader of Babergh District Council in January 2018, said: “There has already been a lot of debate and publicity about these proposals, but much of that has focussed on whether there will be a local referendum. I have resolved that aspect by making clear my commitment to holding a local referendum once a business case is available for residents to consider. This current engagement offers the chance to have your say on the future of public services in our area and what is most important to you. How people respond to this engagement and what they say will shape the future of local government and I encourage everyone to take the time to let us know their thoughts over the next three weeks. This will of course be followed by further engagement in future, when we have additional information to put before our residents.”
Additional information, including how to have your say online, is available on the councils’ websites.
Anyone wishing to respond by post can send their responses to:
One Council Engagement
Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils
8 Russell Road
Ipswich IP1 2BX
Responses can also be submitted by email.