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'Historic moment' as single council receives seal of approval




James Waters and John Griffiths, leaders of St Edmundsbury Borough and Forest Heath District Councils (2217241)
James Waters and John Griffiths, leaders of St Edmundsbury Borough and Forest Heath District Councils (2217241)

Plans for a single council for West Suffolk have been officially approved by parliament in a 'historic moment' for local government.

Orders to create the West Suffolk Council have been signed by Rishi Sunak, Minister for Local Government, and the new authority will replace St Edmundsbury Borough and Forest Heath District Councils in April 2019.

Both councils already share services, which has saved £4 million annually, and the new authority would provide the area with a 'louder voice' nationally in an era of government funding cuts.

It would also generate about £800,000 in extra savings.

John Griffiths and James Waters, leaders of St Edmundsbury and Forest Heath, said: "This is a truly historic moment for West Suffolk and the UK as a whole in the transformation of local government to better meet the needs of local communities.

"The residents and businesses that we serve are at the heart of this change which will mean we can better manage growth, encourage jobs and prosperity while protecting our high quality services.

"The case for the new council was compelling and backed both locally and now by Government. The new council allows us to bring tailored local solutions and gives a louder voice to champion our area nationally and internationally."

A shadow authority, which will help with the transition to the West Suffolk Council, is due to meet for the first time on Wednesday.



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