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Will it be 'Wavmouth' or 'Yartoft?'

PUBLISHED: 11:50 05 July 2008 | UPDATED: 20:48 05 July 2010

WAVMOUTH OR YARTOFT? What a Yartoft Unitary Authority might look like.

WAVMOUTH OR YARTOFT? What a Yartoft Unitary Authority might look like.

NEXT Monday the Boundary Committee for England will finally reveal its preferred option for what looks certain to be a major shake-up of local government in Suffolk and Norfolk.

NEXT Monday the Boundary Committee for England will finally reveal its preferred option for what looks certain to be a major shake-up of local government in Suffolk and Norfolk.

If new unitary councils are created that could see some district councils cease to exist and others take on more responsibility.

And one of the most controversial proposals is that of Yarmouth and Lowestoft joining forces to form a single Wavmouth or Yartoft - as it's been christened by locals - unitary council.

The Yartoft proposal was put forward by opposition Labour group members within the two councils, who claim a cross border unitary authority would mean a better deal for people living within Waveney and Yarmouth.

The bid was based on Yarmouth and Lowestoft having declining industry, lack of investment and some of the highest levels of deprivation in England.

The argument was that a unitary council would enable effective and strategic leadership to empower the community and tackle those problems through District Forums and Town Councils.

That unitary council would see the 109 councillors currently elected by the two authorities reduced by 60pc to 44 members.

Norfolk police chief constable Ian McPherson has said if Yartoft does happen it could force the controversial suggestion of a merger between Norfolk and Suffolk police to be revived.

That is because, for administrative purposes, the new authority would have to be based in either Norfolk or Suffolk, effectively removing one of the towns from their current police patches - and affecting how the force is funded.

A contest launched by Yarmouth Hippodrome to find an alternative for the rather unwieldy Yartoft moniker last month saw Golden Coast named as a possible new name for the unitary authority.

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