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Three District Councils come together to start legal action

Chiltern, Wycombe and South Bucks are not happy with the unitary decision

Published by Mix96 News at 2:40pm 28th January 2019. (Updated at 2:55pm 28th January 2019) 3-minute read.

Three District Councils come together to start legal action

Chiltern, South Bucks and Wycombe District Councils have decided join forces to start formal proceedings regarding the establishment of a new unitary council for Buckinghamshire.

The district councils have said that they support the change for Buckinghamshire and are working with colleagues at the County Council to take forward the decision of the Secretary of State to create one new unitary council for Buckinghamshire. 

However the district councils want to contests the decisions by the Secretary of State.

They believe the decision will take away the democratic oversight of implementation by the elected members who represent the majority of people in Buckinghamshire.

The three councils have concerns about the lack of local consent, about recent changes to the proposed democratic arrangements and a lack of reasons given for making those changes

It is believed that the proposed orders will result in a lack of democratic oversight.

District councils come together ahead of legal action
Chiltern District Council

Earlier this month, Chiltern and Wycombe District Councils wrote to the Secretary of State as a preliminary step to legal proceedings.

The councils have now decided to go ahead with these legal proceedings and following a discussion at an Extraordinary Meeting of Cabinet las week, South Bucks District Council also decided to participate in legal action.

In a joint statement, Councillor Isobel Darby, Leader of Chiltern District Council, Councillor Nick Naylor, Leader of South Bucks District Council and Councillor Katrina Wood, Leader of Wycombe District Council, said:

"We are taking this step in a bid to ensure we create the best possible new council for Buckinghamshire.

"We take this step with great reluctance but we feel the Secretary of State has left us with no alternative.

"We have a duty to act in the best interests of our residents and that means we must ensure that the new council is created in a way that is democratic and fair.

"The legal action is not intended to frustrate the process of creating a new council.

"We have been working with our district and county colleagues and will continue to do so.

"Our aim is to build an excellent, brand new council, based on strong partnerships with all the other Buckinghamshire authorities, so that we can provide the very best services for our communities for many years to come."

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