Creating a South Warwickshire District Council
Welcome to this site where you will find information about the South Warwickshire Together Programme.
Here you will find information about the programme, answers to commonly asked questions and documents for reference. You will also find the links to the committee meetings showing the decisions made and the progress so far. Do take the time to look around the site and revisit it regularly as we progress on this journey together.Background
At the respective meetings of Council in February 2021 both Stratford on Avon and Warwick District Council agreed the following vision statement:
To create a single statutory South Warwickshire Council covering all of the activities currently carried out by Stratford-on-Avon District Council and Warwick District Council by 1 April 2024.
This will require a significant programme of change activities over the next few years to prepare and deliver the desired objectives.
During the past year, both Stratford-on-Avon District Council and Warwick District Council have been working together in a number of areas to respond to the coronavirus pandemic in the wake of substantial losses to income and budgets. This is coupled with the ambition of both Councils to protect, improve and expand the valuable services provided to residents across South Warwickshire.
Work has already started on the production of joint Local Plan, a joint procurement process has started for a joint refuse and recycling contract, developed a joint Climate Change Action Programme and the Councils have recently implemented a joint management team. Working towards merging the two Councils builds on a long term strategic trend of significant collaboration between the two organisations. It also builds on strong foundations as there are similarities between the two Councils. Both Councils face significant financial pressures and need to make savings; merging the Councils provides the potential to improve the financial position and ensure that the Councils can continue to deliver or improve services for local communities.There are many similarities between both Councils such as:
- Shared economic geography
- Shared sense of community between authorities
- Strong political relationships between Leaders
- Within the same County Council area
The two Councils coming together will create a super-district which will be well placed to address some of the significant strategic issues facing South Warwickshire including climate change, the economy and housing.
Public views will be crucial during the proposed merger of the two Councils, including the consultation exercise undertaken between September and October 2021. Proposals will include reviewing the services provided, jointly commissioned contracts and investigating joint political leadership to create a stronger, unified voice for residents and businesses in South Warwickshire.