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Public should decide on council merger says MP





MP Matt Western has set up a campaign calling for south Warwickshire’s residents to have the final say on whether Stratford and Warwick’s district councils should merge.

Matt Western (47145582)
Matt Western (47145582)

Mr Western, who represents Warwick and Leamington for Labour, wants a Citizens' Assembly to be set up.

He says: “The campaign aims for residents (rather than multi-national consultancy firms) to have the final say.

“Warwick and Stratford districts councils and their colleagues across the county are set to steamroller through plans to scrap existing district-level decision-making and create two super-councils – one for north Warwickshire and another for the south.

“They are proposing that the number of councillors would be cut significantly.

"I am demanding that a Citizens Assembly should have the final say on whether to pursue the plans – in honour of truly democratic values.”

He added: “It is the residents that are the only consultants who really matter.”

He has set up a petition on his website, www.mattwestern.org.

Stratford and Warwick district councils have started work on assessing plans for a merger, which they say is needed to help reduce costs and safeguard services.

A report, commissioned by the councils, found a merger had the potential to save £4.6million after five years.



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