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todaySeptember 7, 2021

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Stratford-on-Avon and Warwick District Councils are considering a proposal to merge, creating a new District Council covering the whole of South Warwickshire (the areas currently covered by the two Councils).

 

The public consultation on creating a South Warwickshire Council starts this week on Monday 6 September and runs until Sunday 24 October.

 

Cllr Andrew Day, Leader of Warwick District Council, says:

 

“We need to hear your views – we need to listen and respond to what our residents want. Please take the time to reflect on the questions carefully; tell us what you think the future for local government in this area should be so that we can build a vibrant, new, agile and strong Council to serve you.”

 

The findings from the consultation will be considered, along with any other evidence, at a meeting of the councils on 13 December 2021. A decision will be taken as to whether they want to ask the government to formally allow the councils to merge.

 

The deadline for the survey is Sunday, 24 October 2021.

 

Both Stratford-on-Avon and Warwick councils are facing a very uncertain financial future. Government funding for all councils has reduced in recent years, and it is estimated that both councils will have shortfalls increasing to around £4-6m per year by 2025/26. 

 

Faced with this financial pressure and with a determination not to reduce the current level of services, both Stratford-on-Avon and Warwick District Councils have been exploring several options. 

 

Cllr Tony Jefferson, Leader of Stratford-on-Avon District Council, added: “This is a significant consultation that relates to the future of both Stratford-on-Avon and Warwick District Councils. 

 

“It is vitally important that before the Councillors come to a decision, we hear the views of the wider community on whether you believe a merger is the right option to take or not. So please get involved and have your say.” 

 

The consultation document and online questionnaire can be viewed and completed at: https://www.southwarwickshire.org.uk/.

 

Questionnaires for completion on paper and in different languages and formats can be requested by emailing: swconsultation@stratford-dc.gov.uk or by calling 01789 267575. The paper questionnaires are returned using a FREEPOST address.

 

Questionnaires are also available to pick up at the following locations:

  • Warwick – Visitor Information Centre, Jury Street, Warwick CV34 4EW
  • Leamington – Town Hall, The Parade, Leamington Spa, CV32 4AT
  • Kenilworth – Library, Smalley Place, Kenilworth CV8 1QG
  • Whitnash – Library, Franklin Road, Whitnash CV31 2JH 
  • Stratford District Council’s offices at Elizabeth House, Church Street, CV37 6HX

 

Written by: David Watkins

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