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Should new West Suffolk Council have a mayor?




Residents are being urged not to miss their chance to have their say on what civic leadership should look like for the new West Suffolk Council. (3443199)
Residents are being urged not to miss their chance to have their say on what civic leadership should look like for the new West Suffolk Council. (3443199)

Residents are being urged to have their say on whether the new West Suffolk Council should have a mayor.

The new authority, replacing St Edmundsbury Borough and Forest Heath District Councils, is due to be created in April and councillors are exploring the type of civic leadership it should have.

This includes whether the council should apply to the Privy Council for borough status which would allow it to be represented by a mayor.

Residents are being asked to share their views on the issue by September 2.

Forest Heath Cllr Ruth Bowman and St Edmundsbuy Cllr Carol Bull, portfolio holders for future governance, said: "The new council is designed to better promote our great area, attract investment and further drive prosperity for the communities we serve.

"Civic leadership will play an important role in helping achieve those ambitions.

"Creating a new council for West Suffolk gives our communities an exciting opportunity to help shape how it works, given the council will be a new organisation, covering a larger area.

"As part of this, we are looking to redefine the role of the civic leader for the new council. This is an important figurehead who not only chairs council meetings but is a representative of the area at important events, championing our communities and businesses.

"We already know people have strong views about this subject and we now want them to tell us through this consultation and engagement process all of those views to help us shape civic leadership."

To take part in an online questionnaire, visit www.westsuffolk.gov.uk/civicleadership



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