Ipswich's unitary bid: new opposition

IPSWICH'S bid to become a unitary authority has met new opposition from a neighbouring council.

IPSWICH'S bid to become a unitary authority has met new opposition from a neighbouring council.

Suffolk Coastal District Council (SCDC) has told the government it cannot support Ipswich Borough Council's bid because it would not help meet the problems facing communities in the area.

Councillor Ray Herring, leader of SCDC, said: “Part of our modernisation has been to actively seek partnerships with other councils to share expertise and spread our costs.

“A successful bid for unitary status would inevitably disrupt much of that partnership work and would be bad news for our residents.”

SCDC also said there are concerns about the confusion a unitary Ipswich could have on communities on its immediate boundaries, who fear they could be subsumed into an expanded Ipswich with a higher council tax.

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