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Stop the merger! - Letter to the press - We have until January 8th 2018 to send objections to Sajid Javid.

Dear Editor

 

At the Simultaneous Cabinet Meeting (Waveney District Council & Suffolk Coastal District Council) held on 13th November, 2017 at Riverside there was a major and historic item on the agenda which should be ofinterest to all Waveney residents and readers of the `EDP`. The two Cabinets consisting of eighteen Cabinet members voted for the five recommendations (you can view the full agenda item 6 meeting papers atwww.eastsuffolk.gov.uk ) which will now go before the full Waveney District Council on Wednesday 15th November, 2017and also to the full Suffolk Coastal District Council to be held on the 23rd November 2017.Opposition Waveney Labour Councillors attended the meeting in the public gallery and asked a number of important questions. As both Councils are Conservative controlled the proposal in Item 6 1 A that `Suffolk Coastal District Council (SCDC) and Waveney District Council (WDC) be dissolved and one new Council for East Suffolk be created to replace them` plus all the other recommendations will, no doubt, be agreed.

 

The Waveney Labour Party are concerned that the majority of Waveney residents are still unaware that there will be a new East Suffolk Council from May 2019 and more importantly; that residents have not been able via a local Referendum to have their democratic voices heard on this major change to local government. At the meeting I asked about how representations on the creation of the new Council can be made and the meeting was informed that the Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLC) the Rt. Hon Sajid Javid will receive representations on the new East Suffolk Council between now and the 8th January, 2018. Sajid Javid will be using the new Devolution Act legislation passed last year to put the Order before Parliament for the new East Suffolk District Council to be created, followed by the Local Government Boundary Commission agreeing on the next step (including the size of Wards and number of Councillors). So decisions about the future of our local council are being made at a national level using legislation that was used to put forward Devolution for Norfolk and Suffolk which was voted down by a majority of Councils in Norfolk and Suffolk last year. Readers can find out more information on the proposed East Suffolk District Council on www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk and make representations to the Secretary of State at the DCLC Sajid David at email:sajid.javid.mp@parliament.uk .’

 

Regards

 

Sonia Barker (Cllr)

Leader Waveney Labour Group

David Finnigan

Chair Waveney Constituency Labour Party

17 Commercial Road,

Lowestoft

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