A consultation on a draft Communities Strategy has been launched by two Suffolk councils, inviting feedback on how the councils plan to lead on the key challenges and opportunities facing the two districts.
Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils’ consultation will be open from Monday 21 January, closing at noon on Friday 1 March 2019.
The draft strategy sets out several ambitions and high-level commitments which have been developed based on feedback from a wide range of partners, the local community, as well as national statistics.
The key issues summarised in the strategy include developing and building stronger relationships with local communities and partners, empowering communities to be more self-sufficient and finding solutions which deliver the greatest impact to those in need.
Organisations and individuals can take part in the consultation by filling out the survey on the councils’ website.
The results from the survey will help the councils develop their Communities Strategy and approach going forward. The strategy is expected to be adopted by both councils in March 2019.
Cllr Julie Flatman, Mid Suffolk District Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, said:
“The Communities Strategy will be our response to the community challenges we face within the districts and identify future opportunities to make our communities more sustainable and resilient.
“It’s important that we set out a vision for the future of our communities both for now and for the years ahead. This is people’s chance to make a difference to our area by telling us how they think this strategy should be developed.”
Cllr Margaret Maybury, Babergh District Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, said:
“We aspire for our communities to be stronger, safer and healthier places to work and live. It’s crucial that we respond positively to changes in our population by giving young people opportunities and helping the older generation stay active so that they can remain committed to community life.
“This consultation is a real chance for people across our districts to share their views on how we can help our communities thrive.”