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AVDC leader: We can't see the evidence for one big council

Neil Blake says people need to have a say on the biggest shake up to councils in 40 years.

Published by the Mix96 News Team at 6:18am 19th April 2018. (Updated at 6:22am 19th April 2018) 2-minute read.

AVDC leader: We can't see the evidence for one big council

There is a gulf between the District and County Councils in Buckinghamshire over which new set-up is best.

That's from the leader of AVDC, Neil Blake, who wants two unitary councils - one for Aylesbury Vale, one for the rest.

But the government's preferred option is one for the whole county, backed by BCC.

Neil Blake says either way they will have to come together:

"Once that decision's made, we're all going to have to work together across Buckinghamshire, to make sure that the services provided to residents are fit for purpose and, importantly, value for money."

AVDC-and-BCC
AVDC & BCC buildings

 

At the moment, though, Neil told us he and the other District Council leaders don't agree with the Secretary of State's view that one council for the whole of Bucks is best.

He said they can't see the evidence that that would work:

"If you take a single unitary, it will be very much based on the county model.

"Almost two-thirds of the members of that authority will be based in the south of the county,

"I think that's very important to remember, as I can't see hwo someone in Denham can determine something which is going on in Dadford, on the border with Northamptonshire.

"It's 70 miles from one end to the other."

We're in the middle of a consultation period, where we are all invited to have a say on the two options.

Neil said it's important we do:

"This is the first major change to the way local government is run for more than 40 years, so it's pretty important that if you're going to go another 40 years, residents should have their say."

Members of the public have until May 25 to share their views with Government by emailing sajid.javid@communities.gsi.gov.uk

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