Residents invited to have their say on single council plans for West Suffolk

James Waters and John Griffiths, leaders of Forest Heath District and St Edmundsbury Borough Councils.
Picture: Mark Westley.
James Waters and John Griffiths, leaders of Forest Heath District and St Edmundsbury Borough Councils. Picture: Mark Westley.

Residents, businesses and groups are being encouraged to give their views on plans to create a single council for West Suffolk.

St Edmundsbury Borough and Forest Heath District Councils are looking at creating the new authority in time for local elections in May 2019.

Bosses say a single council would be more financially resilient and have a greater national influence.

People are invited to have their say on the plans to help shape a final business case, which will be presented to both councils in September.

Cllr James Waters, leader of Forest Heath, said: “We want to hear the views of our communities and businesses to help us inform the debate we will be having in September and shape the business plan.”

To have a say online about the proposals, visit www.westsuffolk.gov.uk/singlecouncil

People can also email their views to future.council@westsuffolk.gov.uk

A proportionally representative phone poll is also due to be carried out in the next month.