Wednesday 6th December, 2017
Plans to create a new single council for West Suffolk have taken another step forward after the Secretary of State announced his support for proposals.
Both Councils (Forest Heath District and St Edmundsbury Borough Council) have been at the forefront of transforming local government and in his statement the Secretary of State for the Department for Communities and Local Government, said the new council would likely continue these improvements.
The new council aims to better drive jobs, deliver services and continue investment to support local communities than the current arrangement. In addition it would generate around £800,000 in savings and efficiencies and help protect the additional £4 million of annual savings already produced by sharing services.
St Edmundsbury Borough Council Leader, Councillor John Griffiths, said: “The case for creating a new single council was compelling and once again puts us at the forefront of transforming how local government works to benefit directly the people we serve. Not only can we continue to deliver high quality services but we can better champion our area, drive the local economy, jobs and prosperity in West Suffolk while tackling the challenges facing all public services.