Topsham's county councillor speaks out over unitary plans

TOPSHAM S county councillor Andrew Leadbetter has dubbed plans for a unitary council to run Devon as a high risk strategy. Mr Leadbetter, and a number of senior councillors from both the county and district councils, attended a meeting in London this mo

TOPSHAM'S county councillor Andrew Leadbetter has dubbed plans for a unitary council to run Devon as a 'high risk strategy.'

Mr Leadbetter, and a number of senior councillors from both the county and district councils, attended a meeting in London this month with local Government minister Rosie Winterton to urge her not to allow the unitary changes.

He said: "With the present economic situation...now is not the time to make any change in Devon at all."

It is understood the Government is still considering two options for Devon - a single unitary council for the whole of the county, as recommended by the Boundary Committee, and for Exeter to go it alone.


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East Devon MP Hugo Swire said the plans were part of Labour's 'scorched earth policy' to force through controversial changes before an election defeat.

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