Concern grows as councils discuss relocation plans

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The deputy mayor of Sudbury has voiced concerns over proposals to move the Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Council offices to Ipswich.

A report published last week suggested the offices could move into the Suffolk County Council HQ in Endeavour House in a bid to save money.

But at a Sudbury Town Council meeting on Tuesday, Jack Owen said he was concerned that residents would struggle to reach the services they need.

“If they transfer to Ipswich, that is going to be quite some concern to us,” he said.

“Quite clearly, Babergh District Council needs to review what it is going to do because people need to be able to get proper support from the council when they have a problem.”

Town and district councillor Simon Barrett supported the move, arguing that the proposed model would open up the council’s services to a wider number of people.

“I think what will happen is access to the public will be substantially better, certainly for the public in Sudbury,” he said.

The report, which puts forward several ideas concerning the future of the offices, was discussed at Mid Suffolk on Monday and is due to be discussed by Babergh tonight.