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Lowestoft could move into Norfolk?

PUBLISHED: 12:05 07 July 2008 | UPDATED: 20:50 05 July 2010

A CONTROVERSIAL overhaul of councils in Norfolk should see the creation a single super council but taking in Lowestoft, The Journal understands.

That is the conclusion of the Boundary Committee, which today sets out its findings to councils about the best way to create new unitary authorities.

A CONTROVERSIAL overhaul of councils in Norfolk should see the creation a single super council but taking in Lowestoft, The Journal understands.

That is the conclusion of the Boundary Committee, which today sets out its findings to councils about the best way to create new unitary authorities.

Meanwhile the committee said that in Suffolk its proposal is for a unitary council linking Ipswich and Felixstowe and then a 'rest of Suffolk ' council, but minus Lowestoft.

It also said there was merit in exploring a single Suffolk option.

The decision means that the committee concluded broadly that the county council's single council plan would be the best way to deliver a change both quickly and cost-effectively.

What now remains to be seen is the political reaction and whether the project will now be pushed forward or kicked into the long grass.

For Norfolk the committee suggested that two other models could be explored - a doughnut of greater Norwich, and rest of Norfolk but which also includes Lowestoft, and a another model linking Norwich to Yarmouth.

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