A review of democratic arrangements for Lowestoft is to take place.
Waveney will now write to all 28,000 households in this 'unparished' area as part of a process called a 'Community Governance Review' for Lowestoft and the surrounding area. This will be the first of three phases of consultation and local residents will be asked to take part in the review process to help decide the shape of local government in their area.
Parish Councils (or Town Councils in more urban areas) are the most local level of elected government. They represent the interests of their community and provide some services and facilities for their local area. The running of these services is partially funded from an additional part of the annual council tax bill called a 'precept' which is raised by the Town/Parish Council.
Cllr Colin Law, Leader of Waveney District Council believes the opportunity for Lowestoft is long overdue. He said:
"This is a review which, in our new Council Business Plan, we collectively promised to carry out for Lowestoft. For too long, in democratic terms, the town has been treated as a second class citizen in Waveney - starved of its right to enjoy a truly local dimension to local government. The residents deserve to have their particular interests represented via town or parish councils, which are focused only on Lowestoft."
The 'Terms of Reference' for this review has been published today at www.waveney.gov.uk/lowestoftcgr. This document sets out how the review will be conducted.
The first stage of consultation begins on April 1st and will end on 13 May 2016. During this period residents are being asked two questions:
Residents will be asked to submit responses online or complete a paper form which can be collected from the Marina Customer Services Centre or Riverside on Canning Road. Community groups, partners and local stakeholders will also be invited to tell us what they think about our proposals.
A draft proposal, based on the responses to the first consultation, will be published in July 2016 for further consultation; which will include holding drop‐in sessions where further details, including maps and other supporting information will be available. The final proposal will then be published in October 2016 and will be followed by a short phase of consultation to collect any final comments.
For further information please visit our website. If you require assistance or would like this document in an alternative format, please call us on 01502 562111 or email: Lowestoftcgr@eastsuffolk.gov.uk.