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July 2008 Summary Draft proposals for unitary local government in Norfolk and Suffolk The Boundary On 6 February 2008 we were Our approach to this review, requested to advise the and the general and specific Committee for England Secretary of State for considerations we have had is a committee of the Communities and Local regard to in conducting our Electoral Commission, Government on alternative work, are set out in chapter 2 an independent body unitary structures of local of the report. government in Norfolk and set up by the UK Suffolk. This request for advice What happens next? Parliament. One of our followed bids for unitary status There will now be a period of duties is to advise the from Norwich City Council and 12 weeks, during which we Ipswich Borough Council. welcome views on our draft Government on local proposals. All representations authority bids for On 7 July 2008 we published should be sent to reach us by unitary status. our draft proposals, on which 26 September 2008. comments are invited. We have not finalised our Our draft proposal for Norfolk is: proposals for unitary patterns • a Norfolk unitary authority of local government in Norfolk comprising the existing county and Suffolk. In the light of of Norfolk and the Lowestoft representations received, area of Suffolk we will review our draft proposals and consider Our draft proposal for Suffolk is: whether they should be altered. • an Ipswich & Felixstowe It is therefore important that unitary authority and a Suffolk all interested parties let us unitary authority comprising have their views and evidence, the rest of the county apart whether or not they agree from the Lowestoft area with our draft proposals. Our proposal for Norfolk is set We have also included in the out in detail in chapter 5 of report other patterns of unitary the report and for Suffolk in local government that we chapter 6. Maps illustrating considered had merit, which our draft proposals are set out people may wish to bear in in Appendix B of the report. mind when considering the draft proposals. Democracy matters Draft proposals for unitary local government in Norfolk and Suffolk: summary In Norfolk we considered: be subject to publication or • a Norwich, Great Yarmouth disclosure as required by law. and Lowestoft unitary After 26 September 2008 we will authority and a Norfolk consider all the representations unitary authority comprising we have received and start the rest of the county to formulate our final advice, • a Norwich unitary authority which we have been asked to on expanded boundaries and submit to the Secretary of State a Norfolk unitary authority by 31 December 2008. comprising the rest of the county and the Lowestoft You can express your views by area of Suffolk using our online form at www.boundarycommittee.org.uk, In Suffolk we considered: or by writing directly to: • a Suffolk unitary authority Review Manager comprising the existing county (Norfolk and Suffolk Reviews) apart from the Lowestoft area The Boundary Committee We welcome views and for England evidence from all those who Trevelyan House have previously written to us Great Peter Street and those we have not yet London SW1P 2HW heard from. Tel: 020 7271 0512 The Committee places great Fax: 020 7271 0505 importance on ensuring openness Email: reviews@ and transparency in the way we boundarycommittee.org.uk deal with all representations. Once we have provided our Accordingly, representations advice there will then be a received will be made available further period of four weeks for public inspection at our during which representations offices in Trevelyan House. may be made directly to the Submissions will also be Secretary of State. She may available on our website, then accept, reject or modify www.boundarycommittee.org.uk. any proposal that we make. She If you make comments during may also ask us for more this period of the review, and information. It will be for the do not want all or any part of Secretary of State to decide if your response or name made and when any new unitary authorities are to be created. public, please state this clearly Further information in the response. Any such The full report is available request should explain why to download at confidentiality is necessary, but www.boundarycommittee.org.uk. all information in responses may The Boundary Committee for England is a committee of the Electoral Commission, an independent body set up by the UK Parliament. One of our duties is to advise the Government on local authority bids for unitary status.