Tiny parish set to be abolished

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The smallest parish in Forest Heath and one of the tiniest in the country could soon officially cease to exist.

The six electors of Wangford just outside Lakenheath are being asked for their final comments on a proposal to abolish the parish by merging it with the town of Brandon.

The results of initial consultation , earlier this year, supported Wangford’s merger with a neighbouring parish. Six responses favoured joining up with Brandon and two favoured joining with Lakenheath.

At its meeting on July 16, Forest Heath District Council considered the responses and agreed in principle to proceed with the Brandon merger. Residents are now being asked to comment on this together with local councillors and neighbouring parish councils. There will be no change in the number of Councillors for Brandon as a result of merger as there is such a small number of electors in Wangford. The new electoral arrangements would come into force at the next parish elections in May next year.

Forest Heath District Council’s cabinet member for resources, governance and performance, Councillor Stephen Edwards, said: “Wangford does not have a parish council and has not benefited from any active governance for many years.”

Residents have until September 12 to submit any further comments. A final report will go to Forest Heath’s full council meeting in October.

Meanwhile villagers in Kentford are being asked for their final comments on a request from Kentford Parish Council to increase the number of its councillors from five to seven.

The majority of those who responded to the consultation, 42 of 48 agreed with the increase and district councillors decided to proceed with the proposal in principle when it met last month. The deadline for any further comments is September 12.

The proposal is to have all seven councillors elected for the whole parish but there would not be any individual electoral wards.