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Last chance to reply to council changes

PUBLISHED: 10:12 19 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:05 05 July 2010

SUFFOLK people only have a few more weeks to have their say on changes to their councils.

The county council is urging anyone with an opinion about the introduction of a unitary authority in Suffolk to contact the Boundary Committee.

SUFFOLK people only have a few more weeks to have their say on changes to their councils.

The county council is urging anyone with an opinion about the introduction of a unitary authority in Suffolk to contact the Boundary Committee.

The committee suggested two options for a new local government structure - either one unitary authority which will cover the whole of the county, or two unitary councils splitting the county in two. In both cases, Lowestoft would become part of Norfolk.

Julia Stephens-Row, who is leading a public consultation on the proposals, said: “This is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the people of Suffolk to help shape how they think council services in Suffolk should be run in the future. Whatever happens, there will be change and this will impact on everyone.”

While the county council favours a single authority providing services for the whole county, the Boundary Committee would prefer to have two councils each covering a smaller area.

The consultation runs until Friday September 26 and the committee will take its findings to the Secretary of State, who will make a final decision.

The outcome is expected to be announced in February and the new structure will begin to take shape in 2010.

To have your say write to The Boundary Committee for England, Trevelyan House, Great Peter Street, London, SW1P 2HW or e-mail reviews@boundarycommittee.org.uk.


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