Locals urged to have their say on South Warwickshire Council proposal
With less than a fortnight to go until the end of the public consultation, the Leaders of Stratford-on-Avon and Warwick District Councils are urging all sectors of the community to have their say whether the two Councils should formally merge.
Through an online survey, residents and businesses are invited to share their views on the creation of a single South Warwickshire Council to carry out services such as waste collection, local planning, housing, management of parks and sports facilities, licensing, business support and environmental health, currently delivered separately by the two district authorities.
Cllr Andrew Day, Leader of Warwick District Council says: “Council services touch all our lives in many ways, so it matters that we get them right. These are challenging times that offer an opportunity to renew and update local government across South Warwickshire. We are focused on meeting the changing needs of communities today, to take practical steps to address the local impact of climate change and to foster new business growth.
“To do this effectively, we need to hear from our residents, community groups and businesses so we know what’s really important.”
Cllr Tony Jefferson, Leader of Stratford-on-Avon District Council says: “The world is changing rapidly, and we cannot stand aside from that. With both Councils facing financial challenges, we need to find solutions. This is an extremely important consultation that relates to vital local services and the future our local democracy.”
“This decision on whether to merge needs to be the made with the backing and consideration of the views of the wider community, it is therefore vital that as many people as possible take the opportunity to get involved.”
The consultation document and online questionnaire can be viewed and completed at: https://www.southwarwickshire.
How to take part
The consultation document and online questionnaire can be viewed and completed at www.southwarwickshire.org.uk