Cllr Martin Tett responds to districts’ questions over engagement survey
Following questions from the District Councils over results from the independent research which was shared with the Secretary of State prior to his minded-to decision, Buckinghamshire County Council leader Martin Tett said: “This is really old news being ‘warmed up’. The key reason for this research was to establish that residents recognised and supported the need for change to a unitary structure, sweeping away both county council and district councils and creating new unitary local government. All of the research was supplied to the Government prior to its ‘minded to’ decision to support a new single unitary based on the boundaries of Buckinghamshire.
The Secretary of State was exceptionally clear in his statement that creating two small unitaries was not a viable model for this area. They would be too small and would lack financial sustainability. Our proposal with a greater level of savings and efficiencies plus a devolution offer to local parishes and town councils is a proven model in local government and offered the best approach.
That is why we’re urging people to write to the Secretary of State to support these plans and seize this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to simplify local government, make major savings and protect front line services across Buckinghamshire.”
You can write in to let the government know you support #OneCouncil for Buckinghamshire by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org, before the 25th May.