Chance for public to vote on merger proposals

Have your say

Voters in Mid Suffolk and Babergh will be able to have their say from today on whether their two separate district councils should be merged to create a new single council.

Voting packs will be delivered at households across both districts from today with details about the financial savings that could be made through the creation of one council. Mid Suffolk District Council and Babergh District Council are currently separate district councils, but they will be asking the public a simple question: ‘Should these councils be replaced by one district council?’

In September 2010 both councils agreed to begin a process to integrate services and staffing, including appointing a single chief executive to head both councils.

They also agreed to hold a local poll and ask the public whether the councils should merge entirely to create one single district council covering both areas.

Voting will be open for four weeks from today, until June 6. The public can vote by post or via a new system, using phone, text or voting electronically.

If more than 50 per cent of those voting in each council area vote yes, the councils will ask the Local Government Boundary Commission for England to carry out a review and make recommendations to the Secretary of State who can approve to create one new single district council, which is likely to be created from April 2013.

But if more than 50 per cent of those voting in either council area vote no, integration of services and staff will continue but the two councils will remain as separate authorities.

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