Monday 15th May, 2017
Ambitious plans to create a new single council to meet future challenges and better drive prosperity in west Suffolk should be looked at say council leaders.
Already Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council have proved that sharing services work - having achieved annual savings of £4 million.
Now the leaders of both authorities want to build on that success, take the opportunity to look at the best way to meet future challenges and an even better ability to continue to deliver services while encouraging growth, jobs and supporting local communities.
Councillor James Waters, Leader of Forest Heath District Council and Councillor John Griffiths, Leader of St Edmundsbury Borough Council have issued a statement of intent calling for both authorities to look at creating one single body for west Suffolk.
The new council would continue the shared service working that has already saved millions. This would provide stability and deliver even more savings to invest back into services and community initiatives.