Notices received by the Parish Council for dissemination
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1.Message sent on behalf of Cllr Griffiths (Leader of St Edmundsbury Borough Council) and Cllr Waters (Leader of Forest Heath District Council)
Dear Parish/ Town Clerk,
West Suffolk Annual Report 2017/18
We have published the West Suffolk Annual Report 2017/18 and are keen for it to be shared with parish and town councils.
The West Suffolk Annual Report highlights the key activities and developments that have been achieved over the 2017/18 financial year, with reference to the priorities in the West Suffolk Strategic Plan 2014-16, which are:
The report contains several examples of partnership working with parish and town councils to deliver projects that benefit residents and businesses in West Suffolk.
We hope you find the annual report informative and useful. If you have any questions about the document, or would like to request a hard copy, please contact the Policy Team on 01284 757638 or email email@example.com.
With best wishes
Cllr John Griffiths Cllr James Waters
St Edmundsbury Borough Council Forest Heath District Council
2. New Civic Leadership proposals
Parish Council response to proposed Ward changes.
(original notice follows our response with details and contact points)
Parish Clerk-C R Turner
1 The Maltings
3. GOVERNMENT BOUNDARY COMMISSION – NEW ELECTORAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR WEST SUFFOLK COUNCIL, DRAFT RECOMMENDATIONS
Comments by Stoke by Clare Parish Council
The Stoke by Clare Parish Council wishes to formally object to the proposals of the Local Government Boundary Commission – New Electoral Arrangements for West Suffolk Council, Draft recommendations about the assignment of Stoke by Clare to a proposed Kedington ward.
The Parish Council notes the two objectives (para 10) and the three main considerations (para 11) and is concerned that there appears to be a serious conflict between the general objectives and the second of the main considerations. As it stands the proposals appear to be a procrustean attempt to achieve mathematical parity between wards at the expense and needs of some communities.
In the case of Stoke by Clare, our community is strongly aligned with other communities along the A1092. All our educational, medical, social, transport, traffic and commercial relationships are with our sister communities along this road – Clare, Cavendish and beyond [See annex below for a more detailed listing in compliance with para 32 of the guidelines]. In no way are concerns of the Stoke by Clare community related to those of Kedington, whose needs are mostly directed elsewhere.
The Stoke by Clare Parish Council is also aware of the disparity in population between the two centres, Kedington being approximately four times the size of Stoke by Clare. This disparity is likely to increase if building developments made possible by the decommissioning of the former HMP/Karro food factory go ahead. This disparity in size, together with the lack of common ground may well lead to our views and needs not receiving adequate representation.
We are further disturbed by the somewhat casual dismissal of our earlier objections and comments (para 88) based on statistical convenience alone, with no acknowledgement of the various social, educational and medical needs of our community. The Stoke by Clare Parish Council trusts that you will give our arguments, which reflect our community identity, more sympathetic consideration in this round of comments.
STOKE BY CLARE INTERACTIONS ALONG THE A1092
The following illustrate the dependence of Stoke by Clare citizens on the A1092 communities. Note that Kedington plays no role at all in any of these vital social and economic aspects of life. We are aware that some of these items are of a service nature but find it difficult to arbitrarily separate functions that have a service as opposed to those that stimulate or provide a focus for community interactions as many have aspects of both.
Medical: Guildhall surgery, Stonehall surgery, Clare Pharmacy, Clare Physiotherapy Practice (Clare): Sudbury community Health Centre (Sudbury).
Education: Stour Valley Community School (Clare)
Religion: Attendance at Baptist, Anglican and Roman catholic rites (Clare)
Commercial: Most aspects of shopping, Coop, butchers, bookshop, confectioners and others (Clare): farm-shop (Glemsford/Cavendish)
Services: Post Office, ATMs, library, hairdressers, CLASP and other neighbourhood projects
Transport: Links between Sudbury and Haverhill and villages in between. Onward transport Haverhill to Cambridge and Addenbrookes hospital.
Traffic, common approaches to speeding and allied problems, collaboration on speed reduction programmes.
Sport/recreation: access by other communities to Stoke by Clare tennis courts and bowls. Access to Clare. Country park and golf courses, Cafes, restaurants and pubs.
C R Turner
Dear Parish Councils,
In February 2018, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government confirmed that he is going to start the legislative process in Parliament to create a single District Council for West Suffolk.
If Parliament approves the orders to create the new council for West Suffolk then a new set of wards will need to be created before the first elections May in 2019. This review will be carried out by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE).
The LGBCE is responsible for setting the ward boundaries for a new council and we and our communities have an early opportunity to shape the LGBCE proposals by putting in our own options for the new ward boundaries at the start of the process.
We have drawn up some initial options for the new ward boundaries, and as part of this process we have aimed to deliver acceptable electoral equality for voters so that each councillor represents roughly the same number of voters (give or take 10% from the average, in accordance with the LGBCE guidance). We have also used feedback from our previous consultation, which many of you took part in, to ensure that the options for the council wards reflect, as far as possible, the interests and identities of communities across West Suffolk.
As we informed you in January, our own public consultation on the ward options will run from 7 March and end on 28 March 2018. As we previously identified, we realise that is not a long period, but the timescales involved are out of our control. The consultation is open to anyone who wants to have their say on, and help shape, our own options for the ward boundaries and ward names for the new West Suffolk Council. Of course, these are just our proposals; if you don’t have a chance to respond now, please do ensure you contribute to the consultation the LGBCE will undertake this summer. The final decision will be LGBCE’s. If you haven’t got a parish council meeting organised during this period, then your individual councillors are welcome to put their views forward – or you may want to provide an "informal" collective view.
We will consider all responses to this consultation and the final council proposals will be considered by both councils in April 2018 and then submitted to the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government.
The ward options, background information and a survey to provide feedback can be accessed on our website at http://www.westsuffolk.gov.uk/wardoptionswww.westsuffolk.gov.uk/wardoptions. Hard copies of the maps will also be available to view at the Council offices in Brandon, Bury St Edmunds, Haverhill Mildenhall and Newmarket in the next few days. We are keen to ensure everyone has the opportunity to input to the consultation, so if you want to display on parish noticeboards, or through any other means, that would be very welcome.
If Parliament approves the proposal for a new council for West Suffolk, a new set of wards will need to be created before the first elections in 2019. This review will be carried out by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) later in the year.
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