COUNCIL bosses are urging residents to take part in the public consultation for a South Warwickshire Council.

Studley and Alcester currently fall under Stratford District Council but may be covered by South Warwickshire Council if the proposal is given the go ahead.

The findings from the consultation will be considered, along with any other evidence, at a meeting of the councils on December 13.

A decision will be taken as to whether they want to formally ask government to allow the councils to merge.

Cllr Andrew Day, leader of Warwick District Council said: “These are challenging times, that offer an opportunity to renew local government across South Warwickshire.

“We are focused on meeting the changing needs of communities today, to take practical steps to address the local impact of climate change and to foster new business growth.

"To do this effectively, we need to hear from our residents, community groups and businesses so we know what's really important."

Both councils are facing an uncertain financial future and is estimated that both councils will have shortfalls increasing to around £4 to £6 million per year by 2025/26.

Cllr Tony Jefferson, leader of Stratford-on-Avon District Council said: "The world is changing rapidly, and we cannot stand aside from that. With both Councils facing financial challenges, we need to find solutions.

“This is an extremely important consultation that relates to vital local services and the future our local democracy.

"This decision on whether to merge needs to be the made with the backing and consideration of the views of the wider community, it is therefore vital that as many people as possible take the opportunity to get involved."


The consultation document and online questionnaire can be viewed and completed at until midnight on Sunday, October 24.

Questionnaires are also available to pick up from Alcester Library.