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PUBLISHED: 10:18 04 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:00 05 July 2010

THERE has been so much said about the current round of the boundary committee's examination of Norfolk and Suffolk, not a little of it aimed at the draft proposals that they have brought forward.

THERE has been so much said about the current round of the boundary committee's examination of Norfolk and Suffolk, not a little of it aimed at the draft proposals that they have brought forward.

The reason we find ourselves being subjected to these boundary inspections is because proposals for unitary councils from Norwich City Council and Ipswich Borough Council were submitted to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, who asked the boundary commission to investigate the positions further and to bring forward proposals for possible unitary councils in Norfolk and Suffolk with draft proposals brought forward by the boundary committee on July 7.

The Secretary for State set out five broad criteria which any proposed unitary should be able to meet. The first of these criteria is that it should “attract a broad cross-section of support.”

I would suggest that for the vast majority of people in both Norfolk and Suffolk the boundary committee has failed horrendously at the first hurdle as there would appear to be very little support for any of the proposals they have brought forward.

There is a huge emotive cry in and around Lowestoft of “born Suffolk want to stay Suffolk” which I wholeheartedly agree with, and I have to ask, is there anyone out there who can actually point to any official document which states, or even intimates, a change in the county boundary?

I could see that should Waveney District be carved up and Lowestoft be hived off in to a large Norfolk unitary that it would only be a matter of time before the county boundary were changed, but surely the people of Lowestoft and the rest of Waveney would not allow this proposal to go forward? Or would they?

I am of the opinion that if the people of Waveney, and in particular Lowestoft, do not wake up to the real danger of being hived off in to Norfolk that it will happen through neglect. I am sure the population of Beccles, Bungay, Southwold and all the other villages of Waveney do not want to have to end up going to Bury St Edmunds for any dealing with their council and we all know that Lowestoft does not want to be ruled by Norwich, which has absolutely no concept of the needs and wants of our costal district.

So what is the option left for us in Waveney?

The answer is a Waveney District and Great Yarmouth Borough Council unitary.

The proposal is for the whole of Waveney and Great Yarmouth Borough.

Waveney and Yarmouth work so closely together in so many areas and a unitary council would only strengthen the position of both council districts.

One last item for thought. Why is it that Lowestoft appears to be dangled about like a carrot on a stick by the Boundary Committee when 75pc of the population of Waveney lives or works in Lowestoft? Is it perhaps because Lowestoft has no town council and therefore has no independent voice in its future?

NIGEL DACK

Labour group

Waveney District Council


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