Green Councillors call for Public Ballot on Mid Suffolk merger with Babergh

10 December 2017


Green Party councillors at Mid Suffolk have backed calls for the public to decide whether the two districts should merge. The Green Party backed plans for a merger when that was first proposed in 2011, but this did not go ahead due to a majority vote of residents saying ‘no’ in Babergh. There have been many changes to the way we are governed at national and local level; the only way councillors can be sure of the wishes of the electorate is to give them the opportunity to vote for or against merger.

Green Group Leader Andrew Stringer said:

Andrew Stringer“Although Government has removed the requirement for a public ballot, we are clear that is the only way to reach a legitimate decision on this fundamental matter. The only acceptable alternative would be for a debate ahead of local elections where political parties included in their manifestos a commitment for or against merger.”



Councillor John Matthissen added:

John Matthissen“Although some councils in Suffolk are pressing ahead without a full public mandate, others such as Dorset are putting proposals to a public vote and we are clear that is the only proper way, regardless of Government weakening this aspect of our democracy.”



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