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West Suffolk in plan to create single council in shared services deal

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.

Forest Heath District Council Leader, Councillor James Waters, said: “Our communities want to make sure we are constantly looking to improve and transform the way we work. That we not only deliver services but help create jobs, support residents and drive the local economy. We are an attractive area to live in and for developers and business to invest in - uniquely positioned with good networks and are an internationally renowned area with a range of industries from racing to high-tech to agriculture.”

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