Big 'no' to unitary idea

PUBLISHED: 15:04 03 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:44 10 June 2010

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3: THOUSANDS of people across East Devon have sent in their postcards rejecting the proposal for one gigantic unitary Devon council. East Devon District Council (EDDC) has forwarded to Max Caller, the chairman of the Boundary Committee, what amounts to a pet

THOUSANDS of people across East Devon have sent in their postcards rejecting the proposal for one gigantic unitary Devon council.East Devon District Council (EDDC) has forwarded to Max Caller, the chairman of the Boundary Committee, what amounts to a petition from a quarter of households rejecting a proposal for one gigantic council in Devon.Almost 16,000 postcards were received within one month of an invitation to householders to 'Write to Max' and more than 99 per cent support the continuation of the existing system of local government.Sara Randall Johnson, Leader of EDDC, said: "Some people have questioned our method of consulting the residents of East Devon but we felt that the approach adopted by the Boundary Committee excluded many people from getting involved in the debate on the future shape of their local government."Public consultation finished on September 26.

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