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Fresh calls for new unitary authority

PUBLISHED: 10:42 03 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:11 05 July 2010

Fresh calls for two of Suffolk's famous old ports to be joined together in a new unitary authority were made last night.

A district council has reiterated its desire for Lowestoft and Felixstowe to be the principal towns in a proposed East Suffolk council as the debate over the future of local government in Suffolk and Norfolk rages.

Fresh calls for two of Suffolk's famous old ports to be joined together in a new unitary authority were made last night.

A district council has reiterated its desire for Lowestoft and Felixstowe to be the principal towns in a proposed East Suffolk council as the debate over the future of local government in Suffolk and Norfolk rages.

Current proposals for Suffolk focus on a new unitary council featuring Ipswich and Felixstowe - branded the North Haven option - but Suffolk Coastal District Council is against this.

Council leader Ray Herring said: “An East Suffolk without Felixstowe and Kesgrave as part of it is as unthinkable as Lowestoft being in Norfolk.

“It may, at the moment, seem that it is only those who live in this area who recognise that, but I trust the Boundary Committee to be open-minded enough to see the strength of our argument, if unitary councils must be introduced.”

Mr Herring admitted that other Suffolk councils had not proposed an East Suffolk council featuring Felixstowe, but insisted they were united in their desire to keep Lowestoft out of Norfolk's control.

The public is currently being consulted over the Boundary Committee's proposals for a local government shake-up.

Its favoured option is for Lowestoft to feature in a new Norfolk unitary authority, but the Conservative-led Waveney District Council has protested against this and tabled alternative proposals for an East Suffolk unitary.

The Boundary Committee's preferred option for Suffolk is a two-council set-up, of North Haven and a rural Suffolk authority, excluding Lowestoft.

Yesterday, Waveney council leader Mark Bee issued a joint statement with his fellow leaders at Forest Heath District and St Edmundsbury Borough councils, calling for Suffolk to be split into three areas - east, west and North Haven.

They said: “We understand the thinking behind the Boundary Committee's proposals, but believe we can improve it further by bringing Lowestoft back into Suffolk where it would be part of an East Suffolk unitary, working alongside West Suffolk and North Haven.”

The councils have launched a new website putting forward their proposals, which still see Felixstowe as teaming up with Ipswich in a new unitary.

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