Posts Tagged 'Suffolk County Council'

News for January/February

Mid Suffolk’s central government grant has been cut by 15.8% (£0.931m) and will be cut by a similar amount next year.  With a freeze in council tax, and the loss of other grants, the total cut to the budget is expected to be just over £1m.  It is hoped that no frontline services will be affected but it will be a difficult budget to balance.  Mid Suffolk continues to work with Babergh to see what integration savings can be made.

Suffolk County Council is proposing to reduce the number of Household Waste Recycling Centres from 18 to 11.  The 7 to be closed have not yet been named.  Our nearest site in Stowmarket is very well used and I am concerned that the closure of any site will lead to an increase in fly-tipping.  I have expressed my concern to the County and will campaign against any local closures.

The Stowmarket Service Centre in Ipswich Street is closing on 31 March 2011.  Some services will instead be available via the Stowmarket Tourist Information Centre and also Stowmarket Library.

I have now also volunteered as a Governor for the primary school in Haughley and look forward to working with everyone there.


News for November

As you may be aware, Babergh District Council and Mid Suffolk District Council have agreed to progress towards a merger.  This decision was taken separately by each Council at their meetings at the end of September.  Financially this merger aims to save approximately £3.3m across the two councils and this would make a significant indent into the potential 25% (£7.2 million) reduction in costs over four years.

The earliest date of the merger would now be April 2013, not 2012 as originally proposed.  There will be a public referendum on this in May 2011, at the same time as the District Council elections.

The Council will also now be looking at which, if any, of Suffolk County Council’s services they can take on as a merged council as part of Suffolk County Council’s “divestment” programme.

Many residents have raised their concerns in the last few months regarding travellers in the local area.  The appropriate teams at Mid Suffolk District and Suffolk County Councils are continually working with the Community Police Support Officers to resolve the issues that this is causing and are aiming to provide a permanent solution by mid November if not before.

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