Merger vote is under way

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IT IS decision time in Mid Suffolk and Babergh – should the two councils be abolished so one single district can be created?

It is now down to the public and on Monday voting packs began going out to households across the two districts.

In September 2010 both councils agreed to begin the process of merging to form one council covering both areas. Integration of services within the two district councils has already begun, with a new joint chief executives.

Voting packs will include details about the financial savings that could be made, as well as the vote question: ‘At the moment, Babergh and Mid Suffolk are separate district councils. Should these councils be replaced by one district council?’

People can vote by pos , phone, text or electronically. Voting is open until June 6.

If more than 50 per cent of those voting in each council vote yes then the councils will ask the Local Government Boundary Commission for England to carry out a review and make recommendations to the Secretary of State. If the Secretary of State approves, a single district council would be likely to be created from April 2013.

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