Consultation opens into the warding for the new East Suffolk and West Suffolk councils

The headquarters of Suffolk Coastal District Council - one of the affected authorities Picture: RIDU

The headquarters of Suffolk Coastal District Council - one of the affected authorities Picture: RIDUNA HOLDINGS - Credit: Riduna Holdings

Residents in east and west Suffolk are now able to have their say on the warding for two ‘super councils’ which are due to be formed later this year.

The proposed ward boundaries for the East Suffolk council Picture: ORDINANCE SURVEY/CROWN COPYRIGHT

The proposed ward boundaries for the East Suffolk council Picture: ORDINANCE SURVEY/CROWN COPYRIGHT AND DATABASE RIGHTS 2018 - Credit: Credit: contains Ordnance Survey data (c) Crown copyright and database rights 2018

The ward boundaries for the Suffolk Coastal, Waveney, St Edmundsbury and Forest Heath district council areas are currently being redrawn in preparation for the new East Suffolk and West Suffolk councils.

Under the plans East Suffolk will have 55 councillors in total, including eight one-councillor wards, thirteen two-councillor wards and seven-three councillor wards.

In West Suffolk the draft recommends 64 councilors with 27 one-councillor wards, seventeen two-councillor wards and one three-councillor ward.

Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: “We are publishing proposals for ward boundaries for the new East Suffolk and West Suffolk District Councils and we are keen to hear what local people think of the recommendations.

The proposed map for West Suffolk Picture:Picture: ORDINANCE SURVEY/CROWN COPYRIGHT AND DATABASE RIG

The proposed map for West Suffolk Picture:Picture: ORDINANCE SURVEY/CROWN COPYRIGHT AND DATABASE RIGHTS 2018 - Credit: Archant


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“Over the next eight weeks, we are asking people and organisations to tell us if they agree with the wards we have drawn or if not, how they can be improved.

“We will consider all the submissions we receive, whoever they are from and whether your evidence applies to the whole of the new council area or just your part of it.

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Anyone who is interested in how the two new council areas will be represented will be able to have their say on the plans which were released by the Local Government Boundary Commission (LGCE) released its proposals for new ward boundaries.

The consultation will run until August 27 with the proposals being finalised in October.

The full recommendations and detailed interactive maps are available on the Commission’s website at consultation.lgbce.org.uk and www.lgbce.org.uk.

Hard copies of the Commission’s report and maps will also be available to view at council buildings.

Those wishing to make a submission should email reviews@lgbce.org.uk or send a letter to The Review Officer (East Suffolk/West Suffolk), Local Government Boundary Commission for England, 1st floor, Windsor House, 50 Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0TL.

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