Response to publication of districts’ unitary report

Leader of Buckinghamshire County Council, Martin Tett, said: “I welcome this report as a contribution to the wider debate on modernising local government in Buckinghamshire. The District Councils’ report includes a number of interesting concepts which we would wish to discuss further with District colleagues to see if we can reach a consensus around a new structure which is simpler, better value for money and more local – as that is what the public would want in a new council structure.

“Given that the County Council has already shared our report and conclusions with our District colleagues, I am surprised that the options evaluated in the report do not include the proposal already submitted to Government by the County Council. Additionally, there is no mention of how services will be made more local for residents and businesses.

“What is important now is that we move to a timely conclusion on this issue as the strong imperative for reform cannot be ignored any longer, as the District Councils themselves acknowledge in their report.

“I sincerely hope that the District Councils will collaborate with us so that together we can build an entirely new form of local government that will ensure Buckinghamshire will thrive and flourish into the future.”

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