‘Cornard needs its own council’

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“I just hope it never happens,” is how Great Cornard’s parish council chairman described a possible merger between Great Cornard and Sudbury’s councils.

The idea, in no way original, has been mooted by some Conservative councillors on Babergh District Council from both Sudbury and Great Cornard.

It has been suggested that with the town sharing so many services, and with so many key decisions affecting Great Cornard residents, it would be an efficient and money-saving way forward.

But Pam White, chairman of Great Cornard Parish Council, said: “When I speak to people they don’t want it. I’m just hoping that it never happens.”

A response to the idea was put on the agenda of the Great Cornard Parish Council meeting on Monday evening, but was taken off under the advice that it was not an official proposal, “just people saying words”, as Mrs White put it.

Mrs White admitted to being annoyed when she heard the idea had been reported without anybody speaking to the parish council.

“They know my ideas, as far as I’m concerned we shouldn’t join them. Cornard is Cornard and Sudbury is Sudbury.

“I’ve got a feeling if we get too caught up with Sudbury in the end we won’t be recognised at all.”

One thing Mrs White would like to see changed is the involvement the parish council has in Sudbury decisions that directly affect the village, including recent discussions over plans to relocate Sudbury’s bus station.

Peter Beer, Babergh District councillor for Great Cornard, agreed that the village needed more of a say on key Sudbury plans, but said joining up would help this.

The Tory councillor believes that if the councils were to merge, residents could benefit from Sudbury’s services and council taxes would stay lower as a result.