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Wait goes on for Bucks unitary decision

Leaders say it will be at least September before we hear anything.

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Jasmine Rapson at 8:07am 5th August 2018. 3-minute read.

Wait goes on for Bucks unitary decision

County chiefs are still waiting to hear the outcome of a consultation into a major authority shake-up in Buckinghamshire.

A consultation into plans to scrap all councils in the county and replace them with one “super authority” came to a close at the end of May – and a final decision was expected over the summer.

However as government broke for summer recess last week, it looks as though Bucks residents will have to wait until at least September before they know what the county’s future holds.

Speaking at a meeting of Bucks County Council (BCC) on Thursday, July 26, leader, Martin Tett, said the government received a “significant number of responses” during the consultation, however he has not received any indication as to when a final decision will be announced.

He said:

“As far as local government reorganisation goes – obviously the government has concluded its period of representations. So far I have heard nothing in response to that.

“I believe they received a significant number of responses. No doubt they are taking their time to read each one individually and consider each and every issue in each and every representation.

“I am sure they will reach a conclusion in due course. I have no date for such.”

James Brokenshire
James Brokenshire is the Secretary of State who will make the decision

In 2016 BCC put together a plan to scrap all councils and replace them with one unitary authority after the current council system was branded “outdated”.

However district council leaders opposed the county’s plan – and formulated their own proposals to create two unitary councils in the county instead.

In March this year then secretary of state for local Sajid Javid said he was “minded to approve” plans for a unitary authority and subsequently launched a period of representations – inviting people to send their views to government.

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