THE BALL is now rolling on the proposed merger of Warwick and Stratford district councils.
Following the recent decision by the respective full councils of each authority to purse a merger, a formal submission document has now been sent to the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, Michael Gove, to request permission for a full political merger to create a South Warwickshire District Council.
To mark this historic event group leaders from across the political spectrum gathered at the Longbridge Island, which borders both districts and is a well used crossing point.
Warwick District Council leader Andrew Day said: “This historic decision demonstrates a strong cross-party commitment to a brighter future for local government in South Warwickshire.
“I’m proud of fellow councillors who have squarely addressed the challenge to create a modern, efficient and more resilient district council, better able to meet the pressing needs of our communities.
“Our residents and partners recognise that now is the time for change, and councillors are committed to continuing our work together to strengthen local democracy and renew services, should permission be granted by Mr Gove.”
Tony Jefferson, leader of Stratford District Council, was equally pleased.
He said: “There have been a lot of changes in the almost 50 years since both district councils were created.
“We need to adapt to a changing world. Both sets of councillors recognised this. With this decision taken, a lot of hard work will now begin to ensure the success of South Warwickshire and to deliver benefits for residents. Exciting and challenging times ahead.”