To: Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils

No Babergh and Mid Suffolk council merge without residents having a vote

No Babergh and Mid Suffolk council merge without residents having a vote

To allow residents to vote in a referendum or in a local election (and the Conservatives can put a council merge in their manifesto) to give the District councils a steer on whether to merge the councils or not.

There should be no merge of the councils without a mandate given by the residents.

Why is this important?

In 2011, residents voted against a merge of the councils in a referendum. If the conservatives want to now merge, they must seek a mandate to do so. To go ahead without properly consulting would be a betrayal to local residents.

Whether you think it's a terrible idea or a good one, residents must have a say.


Reasons for signing

  • I believe in Democracy and what they are doing is undemocratic, the people of Babergh said NO!
  • Residents should be heard and not ignored. It is quite clear that the majority voted NO in the referendum. To ignore this is a cynical move and is undemocratic.
  • We voted some time ago against this and they are trying to sneak it past. The economies of working together in departments is one thing but we never wanted a merger as we will lose more than the 6 District Councillors they are trying to remove now.

Updates

2017-12-18 12:24:23 +0000

Please come to the Babergh meeting tomorrow if you can. Merger will be debated. Details on link below-

http://baberghmidsuffolk.moderngov.co.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=153&MId=1051

2017-12-11 15:59:19 +0000

Tell Babergh you don't want to merge as part of their consultation-
www.babergh.gov.uk/news/we-are-listening-a-new-council-for-the-heart-of-suffolk/

2017-11-02 07:47:27 +0000

500 signatures reached

2017-10-15 15:07:59 +0100

100 signatures reached

2017-10-15 07:27:41 +0100

No mandate, no merge!

The decision by Babergh Council’s cabinet members last Friday to merge the council with Mid Suffolk is a betrayal.

The move overturns a 60% majority of residents who voted against a merger when a referendum was held in 2011.

Babergh cabinet members talk about the need to ‘re-educate’ the electorate as if adult voters in their area are ignorant or stupid. It’s a “we know what’s best for you” attitude which betrays an amazing arrogance and sense of superiority. The consultation they now plan is a complete sham given that the decision to merge has already been made. It’s hard to imagine a more out of touch, elitist, undemocratic group. The only interests they want to represent are their own and we deserve better.

2017-10-15 00:43:01 +0100

50 signatures reached

2017-10-14 20:00:53 +0100

25 signatures reached

2017-10-14 19:12:54 +0100

10 signatures reached