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Have your say on ward boundaries for new super council

PUBLISHED: 17:08 02 July 2018 | UPDATED: 17:16 02 July 2018

Waveney District Council will be merging with Suffolk Coastal to form the new East Suffolk District Council. Pictured, Waveney's headquarters at Riverside. Picture: Archant.

Waveney District Council will be merging with Suffolk Coastal to form the new East Suffolk District Council. Pictured, Waveney's headquarters at Riverside. Picture: Archant.

Residents' views are being sought on plans for new ward boundaries following the creation of East Suffolk District Council.

The proposed ward boundaries for the new East Suffolk District Council. Picture: Contains Ordnance Survey data (c) Crown copyright and database rights 2018.The proposed ward boundaries for the new East Suffolk District Council. Picture: Contains Ordnance Survey data (c) Crown copyright and database rights 2018.

The merger between Suffolk Coastal and Waveney district councils was confirmed by the government back in May, and the independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is now asking people to comment on plans for the ward boundaries ahead of the proposals being finalised in October.

The consultation will run until August 27 and is open to anyone who is interested how the new council area will be represented.

The commission has proposed that East Suffolk should have 55 councillors in total, with draft recommendations for eight one-councillor wards, thirteen two-councillor wards and seven three-councillor wards.

The proposed ward boundaries for the new East Suffolk District Council. Picture: Contains Ordnance Survey data (c) Crown copyright and database rights 2018.The proposed ward boundaries for the new East Suffolk District Council. Picture: Contains Ordnance Survey data (c) Crown copyright and database rights 2018.

The boundaries will come into effect at the first elections for the new authority in May 2019.

Professor Colin Mellors, chairman of the commission, said: “Over the next eight weeks, we are asking people and organisations to tell us if they agree with the wards we have drawn or if not, how they can be improved.

“We will consider all the submissions we receive, whoever they are from and whether your evidence applies to the whole of the new council area or just your part of it.”

The full recommendations and detailed interactive maps are available at consultation.lgbce.org.uk and www.lgbce.org.uk. Hard copies of the commission’s report and maps will also be available to view at council buildings.

Anyone wishing to make a submission to the commission should email reviews@lgbce.org.uk or write to The Review Officer (East Suffolk), Local Government Boundary Commission for England, 1st floor, Windsor House, 50 Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0TL.

You can also submit your views online through the consultation website above.

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