26 March 2018
As Babergh and Mid Suffolk Councils publish the results of their “engagement” survey, Green Party councillors at Mid Suffolk have reiterated their belief that only a full-scale referendum can legitimise a merger with Babergh District Council.
Group Leader Andrew Stringer said
“Given the figures released last night it is clear the people should be given a say. During the 2011 advisory poll, 59% of residents voted in favour of a single council. After the recent Com Res telephone survey, it appears that 55% of Mid Suffolk residents favoured merging. Given this drop in direct support and the margin of error, rather than dashing off to the Secretary of State we should be asking the people.”
Members were told that the full business case for the move is still not available. Residents should be given all the facts before asking their views on a merger, and an opportunity to question the details. A referendum of the whole electorate is the only democratic way to obtain our voters’ preference.
The Green Group are not opposed to the principle of a merger but believe that the inevitable debate is a distraction when the shared organisation is still recovering from major staff losses following the move to Ipswich, as well as the strategic failure of lacking a five year housing land supply.
With Babergh’s leadership already committed to a full referendum, Green Councillors are clear that the £20,000 cost of the telephone survey was ill-spent.
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