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Silverstone boss backs two council plan for Bucks

Stuart Pringle says the county-led bid for one single Bucks council could risk adverse impacts on the local economy.

Published by Dan Gooding at 10:53am 21st May 2018. 3-minute read.

Silverstone boss backs two council plan for Bucks

The man in charge of Silverstone in Buckinghamshire has put hus support behind the District Councils' unitary plans.

Stuart Pringle is the Managing Director of Silverstone, home to British motor racing and a major contributor to the economy in Buckinghamshire in terms of investment, jobs and visitor numbers.

He said:

"We've enjoyed a great partnership with Aylesbury Vale District Council over the years and they've helped us in our growth, our planning and expansion for growth also.

"I'm concerned that this work that we've done to date and the significant potential for the future could be adversely impacted if there was one large super council in Buckinghamshire. I say that because I believe our requirements are different to the businesses in the South of the county - the two ends of Buckinghamshire are really very different beasts.

"We won't be the only organisation that will be affected like that, there will be many other businesses both large and small.

"One single one-size-fits-all solution doesn't sound like the answer to me, I believe that we need two unitary authorities in Buckinghamshire, one for the North and one for the South and that will be in the best interests of the county and all of those who are working in it.

"Given that it is going to affect us all, I would encourage everybody to have their say by the 25th of May."

His comments come as Bucks four district councils, Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern, South Bucks and Wycombe urge residents and businesses to email the Secretary of State before it's too late, reminding them that there is a more local alternative proposal to the county-led bid for one Bucks 'super' council.  

Neil Blake, leader of Aylesbury Vale District Council said:

"When someone like Stuart Pringle steps in to a debate, you know a lot's at stake. Stuart is a first class businessman who understands the local economy and the future potential of Bucks.

"We are extremely pleased to have his support and it adds further weight to the argument that north and south Bucks each need their own all-purpose council to thrive. I hope that this will encourage more people to have their say."

Residents, businesses and all other stakeholders have until 25 May to email the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government james.brokenshire@communities.gsi.gov.uk.

Representations can also be sent in writing to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Fry Building, 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF.

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