Martin Redbond

Liberal Democrat Councillor for the Claydon and Barham Ward Learn more

Local government changes

by martinredbond on 6 January, 2008

The Government announced in December that it was not minded to accept Ipswich’s Unitary Bid in its present form. The Secretary of State has since asked the Boundary Committee for advice on and the rest of the county to see if there are alternative options for Unitary Councils including solutions that may cross the existing Norfolk/Suffolk border.  Although unexpected this provides an opportunity to look at a number of options. On the assumption that any proposal over 200,000 population would meet the affordability and value for money criteria it is proposed a range of different options are to be examined. This issue will be discussed by Suffolk Liberal Democrats on 9 January and by Mid Suffolk’s Full Council on 10 January. I have been giving a great deal of thought about local government over the holiday period and will be seeking the views of the electorate in my ward during the coming round of Parish Council meetings.

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