Our stance on unitary debate

PUBLISHED: 16:03 11 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:47 10 June 2010

I WOULD like to make a correction to an article last week under the headline 'High court bid to challenge proposal'. The report says: 'Both Exmouth Town Council and Honiton Town Council voted against proposals last week and back the challenge'. The resolu

I WOULD like to make a correction to an article last week under the headline 'High court bid to challenge proposal'.The report says: 'Both Exmouth Town Council and Honiton Town Council voted against proposals last week and back the challenge'.The resolution of conclusion of the Exmouth Town Council in its submission to the Boundary Committee actually reads as follows:(a) the option for an Exeter/Exmouth Unitary Authority be rejected for the reasons given in paragraph 9.4 above;(b) If the Boundary Committee has no option other than to make a recommendation for a unitary solution, this council considers that a unitary Devon, as recommended in the draft report of the Boundary Committee, would NOT be the most acceptable and other unitary options should be considered;(c) conditions as set out in paragraph 10 be put forward to the Boundary Committee to show our concerns about ensuring that 'promises' made are followed through by successor authority(s);(d) that the Community Boards proposal be supported and in the event of the Secretary of State deciding on no change in the local government system that the concept be taken forward within the 'Enhanced Status Quo' county/district/parish system which remains.In essence, Exmouth Town Council would prefer not to see a unitary county but, if a unitary solution is decided upon, it would prefer to see one based on two unitaries with one made up of East Devon. Mid Devon and Exeter and the other being the remaining half of the county. ETC accepts the idea of Community Boards and would like to be involved in a pilot in the New Year to learn from experience and help to make these effective. It sees these being useful whether or not reorganisation does or does not happen and would be a good way to enhance the current system.There was no resolution to support the legal challenge. The council did not actually consider the question of the merits or otherwise of the legal challenge so it cannot be stated that they 'back' the challenge.John Wokersien,Town Clerk,Exmouth Town Council.

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