East Devon District councillor questions Devon County Council's logic

PUBLISHED: 13:38 13 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:28 10 June 2010

Wednesday, August 13 - THERE is no guarantee that the proposed unitary authority in Devon would shape up the way its supporters are suggesting, an East Devon District councillor said this week.

THERE is no guarantee that the proposed unitary authority in Devon would shape up the way its supporters are suggesting, an East Devon District councillor said this week.

East Devon District Council's (EDDC) Councillor Andrew Moulding accused Devon County Council's (DCC) of misleading residents by oversimplifying the amount of work that would be involved if the unitary boundary proposals for Devon went ahead.

Cllr Moulding, EDDC Portfolio Holder Resources, said: "Devon (County Council) are making light of the massive task that would befall them if they had to take over the management of all the services delivered week in week out by EDDC and its seven neighbouring district councils in East Devon."

To prove his point, he referred to the new unitary councils in Northumberland and Durham, where these councils have just torn up the original plans for local devolution that formed the basis of their original bid.

He also raised the point that although the County Council currently delivers 85 per cent of council services in Devon - consequently, DCC say a jump by 15 per cent would be no great feat - their expensive services do not affect everyone like the EDDC services, such as council tax.

He said: "East Devon residents might want to ask themselves if it would be better to stick with what they know than an alternative that is a complete unknown quantity."

EDDC is encouraging local people, businesses and organisations to get involved in the debate.

Letter should be addressed to Max Caller, Chairman of the Boundary Committee, The Boundary Committee for England, Trevelyan House, Great Peter Street, London SW1P 2HW.

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