Should Wangford parish merge with Brandon?

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Residents of Wangford are being asked for their final comments on the proposal to abolish the parish by merging it with the town of Brandon.

With only six electors, Wangford is one of the smallest parishes in the country.

Forest Heath District Council have led a community governance review to improve local democracy, ensure greater community engagement and improve local service delivery.

The results of the initial consultation, earlier this year, supported Wangford’s merger with a neighbouring parish.

Six responses favoured joining up with Brandon and two favoured joining with Lakenheath.

At its meeting on July 16, the district council considered the responses and agreed in principle to proceed with the Brandon merger.

Residents are now being asked to comment on this together with local councillors and neighbouring parish councils

There will be no change in the number of councillors for Brandon as a result of merger as there are such a small number of electors in Wangford. T

The new electoral arrangements would come into force from the next parish elections in May 2015.

Forest Heath cabinet member for resources, governance and performance, Cllr Stephen Edwards, said: “The focus of the consultation is what is best for the community and any change should reflect this. Wangford does not have a parish council and has not benefited from any active governance for many years.”

Residents have until September 12 to submit any further comments. A final report will go to Forest Heath’s full Council meeting on October 8.