William Eichler 09 May 2017

Leaders publish plans to create single West Suffolk council

Leaders publish plans to create single West Suffolk council image

Council leaders have put forward ‘ambitious’ proposals to create a single council for West Suffolk in a move they hope will ‘drive prosperity’ in the region.

Forest Heath District and St Edmundsbury Borough councils have made annual saving of £4m by sharing services.

Their respective leaders, cllrs James Waters and John Griffiths, believe they can find more savings as well as future proof local services through the creation of a single authority.

Cllr Griffiths said that he thought people cared more about service delivery than they did about council structures, boundaries and processes.

‘They want us to be forward thinking and not let structure get in the way of providing jobs, opportunity and continued vibrant communities,’ he said.

He emphasised that sharing services had put both councils on a ‘firm financial footing’ in order to push forward with the dramatic reform - something he described as a ‘golden opportunity’.

‘We already work closely but this could enable us to be both stronger together and more fleet of foot, to grasp commercial opportunities to further benefit our communities, deliver housing and talk to big business and Government,’ he continued.

‘At the same time we would remain small enough to actually deliver the real local initiatives in west Suffolk that are vital.’

‘Residents do not care what logo is on their bin but that we continue to empty them in the most cost effective way,’ added Cllr Waters.

The council leaders have issued a Statement of Intent outlining the plans. These will need to be agreed by both councils.

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Business Support Officer (SENDACT) - up to 2 jobs

Kirklees Metropolitan Council
£19,554 - £21,166
You will be joining a team at an exciting time as we develop our ways of working and improve our person centred approach to... Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Strategic Director Environment and Climate Change

Kirklees Metropolitan Council
£119,940 to £131,935
A decade of investment invites the opportunity of a decade! Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Senior Environmental Health Officer (Housing Lead)

Mole Valley District Council
£37,821 - £42,329
An exciting opportunity for a Senior Environmental Health Officer to join our forward thinking Environmental Health Partnership Oxted, Surrey
Recuriter: Mole Valley District Council

Legal Director

Disclosure & Barring Service
£103,179 - £117,800
You will be a qualified lawyer with experience of managing a significant in-house legal function within a highly complex private or... Liverpool, Merseyside
Recuriter: Disclosure & Barring Service

Head of Operations

Rossendale Borough Council
£49,408 - £52,899
The Head of Operations is a key leader in the Senior Management Team. Rossendale, Lancashire
Recuriter: Rossendale Borough Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue