Council leader visits town as part of We Are Listening event
PUBLISHED: 13:00 15 June 2018
The leader of Suffolk County Council set out his priorities for Waveney at an event in the centre of Lowestoft.
The We Are Listening event, on Friday, June 8, saw Matthew Hicks and other councillors set up a gazebo in London Road North and answer any questions from members of the public.
Along with Mr Hicks were district and county councillors, cabinet members and senior officers, as well as Southwold councillor Michael Ladd and Waveney District Council leader Mark Bee.
Mr Hicks responded to questions about a multitude of issues including the Third Crossing and the Lowestoft Records Office.
He said: “We are here because the council run a series of We Are Listening events around the county and it is our opportunity to get out and talk to residents and discuss the good things that they are happy about with the county council and also there will be things they think we can do better.
“It is about engaging with the community, listening to the community and it is a really good opportunity to meet local residents and to have good discussions with them.”
Mr Hicks said he was keen to work with other local authorities and offered the example of building on Waveney’s local plan as a way to do so.
He said: “When planning applications come forward, instead of us always catching up we want to be in the position where we have a plan in place and we think right, going forward, this is the local plan, let’s now start thinking about where education is going to be impacted, how the highway network is going to impacted.
“It is about working with the districts and the boroughs together to do what we can for the residents.”
He also responded to criticism about north east Suffolk being forgotten by those based in Ipswich.
He said: “I will do what we can to be seen all over Suffolk. Suffolk is a very large county but every corner of Suffolk is important to the county council. We represent every part of Suffolk.
“I assure you the county councillors representing this part of Suffolk bang on the drum of Endeavour House telling us regularly how we must not forget this part of Suffolk.
“But I would also say other councillors do the same. Everyone is very passionate about the area they represent and of course they do and I welcome that.”