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As his consultation on the future of fire service governance in Norfolk reaches its halfway point, the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) will be holding an open meeting in Dereham next week.
PCC Lorne Green launched the eight-week ‘A Case for Change’ consultation on 11 July inviting public views on a business case proposing he becomes Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk. If adopted, this proposal would make Lorne responsible for the governance of Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, alongside that of Norfolk Constabulary.
Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service is currently governed by the County Council’s Communities Committee which also oversees libraries, museums, archives and arts.
In the first four weeks of the consultation, the PCC has been to locations across Norfolk, including Attleborough, Thetford, Thorpe, Downham Market, Great Yarmouth, Hunstanton and King’s Lynn, gathering public feedback on the proposal. He has also been running an online survey and has contacted and met with local stakeholders to seek their views.
“The level of response to the consultation so far has been fantastic”, said the PCC. “We’ve had a lot of people going online to find out more about the proposal, what the business case says and to take the survey.
“It has also been really positive speaking face-to-face with so many members of the public as I’ve been out in supermarkets and market squares around the county in the last few weeks.
“Now, to mark the consultation’s mid-way point, I’ll be holding an open public meeting at Dereham’s Memorial Hall on Wednesday evening. This meeting will be an ideal opportunity for people to come along and find out more about what is being proposed and why, ask their questions and share their views with me.
“I look forward to seeing lots of Norfolk residents there on Wednesday.”
The ‘A Case for Change’ open public meeting will take place at Dereham Memorial Hall, 62a Norwich St, Dereham, NR19 1AD from 6pm on Wednesday 8 August 2018.
The ‘A Case for Change’ consultation will run until Wednesday 5 September 2018.
A copy of the full ‘A Case for Change’ business case is available here.
A copy of the summary business case can be found here.
For a full background on the governance review click here.
Answers to frequently asked questions are available here.
To have your say now, take the ‘A Case for Change’ survey.