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How many councils should Buckinghamshire have?

Bucks County Council want your views.

Published by the Mix96 News Team at 8:02am 9th April 2017. 3-minute read.

How many councils should Buckinghamshire have?

It's been decided that to save money, Buckinghamshire's councils need to merge.

But just how many authorities do we need to run public services in the county?

It's a question that's been debated for many months now, with councils in the area unable to agree.

Bucks County Council believe a single unitary authority for all of Bucks is the best way to go.

The local district councils disagree however, instead believing two councils for the county would be the way to go; one for the north, and another for the south.

Either way these councils or council would be alongside the Milton Keynes Council.

This disagreement between county and the districts was not resolved and both ideas have been sent to the government for consideration.

There's no indication yet as to when a decision will be made, so in the meantime, Bucks County Council want your views on the matter.

Bucks County Council questionnaire

Chief Executive, Rachael Shimmin, said:

"It's really important to us to understand in more detail how people want local government to work in the county. It is vital that the services that residents value, such as those for vulnerable children and adults, roads, libraries and schools, continue to receive investment."

"A new, single council for Buckinghamshire would save taxpayers at least £18m year on year by cutting bureaucracy and improving economies of scale. This is money that could be invested in improving frontline services, such as our roads and transport system, our schools and social services."

"The new council would be much closer to residents, who would be able to access local services via Community Hubs in 19 locations throughout Bucks, while Community Boards would put real decision-making power in the hands of local people."

You can fill out the questionnaire for BCC here.

Paper copies will also be available from the County Council's main library.

Read more about BCC's one council idea here.

Read more about the district council's two council idea here.

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