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Suffolk and Proud

PUBLISHED: 10:12 01 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:10 05 July 2010

I WRITE in support of the draft proposals of the Boundary Committee and in particular of those for Lowestoft and the remainder of the current Waveney district.

I WRITE in support of the draft proposals of the Boundary Committee and in particular of those for Lowestoft and the remainder of the current Waveney district.

My view is founded on experience of both the 1965 West Midlands reorganisation and the local one here resulting from the 1972 Local Government Act.

I am the third generation in my family to have been a chief officer in local government, hence my continuing interest.

Since I retired as district secretary and solicitor to Waveney District Council in February 1986, I have worked in private practice in Lowestoft.

Although the district council did function well, despite the differing public service requirements of Lowestoft and the rest of rural Waveney, the wholesale loss of competent professional staff in recent years has resulted in a steady decline to the point of no return. I'm sure the committee were aware of the reported failures to which I could add from observations as well as professional experience.

Previous reorganisations have resulted in increased staffing costs with no real improvement in services. The decision makers have allowed themselves to be unduly influenced by their own vested political interests.

The proposed all-purpose unitary authorities could achieve the provision of appropriate and affordable public services without the loss of democratic accountability.

IAN W MADIN

Borrow Road

Lowestoft

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