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Drive launched to encourage participation in local democracy in west Suffolk

The West Suffolk House council offices in Bury St Edmunds Picture PHIL MORLEY

The West Suffolk House council offices in Bury St Edmunds Picture PHIL MORLEY

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A new campaign has been launched to encourage people to stand for election as a councillor or vote in the May elections for the new West Suffolk Council.

People are being urged to make their mark in the new campaign – which is part of a national drive to increase participation in local democracy.

As part of the campaign, a dedicated webpage providing information for candidates and to help them through the process of standing to become a councillor has been set-up at www.westsuffolk.gov.uk/makeyourmark

West Suffolk Council, which is being formed following a merger of St Edmundsbury Borough Council and Forest Heath District Council, is also holding sessions for people thinking about becoming candidates to explain what is involved.

A workshop for prospective councillors will be held on March 8 at West Suffolk House in Bury St Edmunds.

People can email elections@westsuffolk.gov.uk for further information or to book a place at the event.

The first election of the 64 west Suffolk councillors, which is a reduction from the 72 councillors representing Forest Heath and St Edmundsbury, will be held on May 2.

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