Unitaries: don't believe the spin

PUBLISHED: 02:01 09 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:27 10 June 2010

ast Devon Talk should be retitled East Devon Spin. The latest edition from East Devon District Council urges us to reject the Boundary Committee s proposal for a unitary Devon without the district councils and keep EDDC. Look at the facts without the spin

ast Devon Talk should be retitled East Devon Spin. The latest edition from East Devon District Council urges us to reject the Boundary Committee's proposal for a unitary Devon without the district councils and keep EDDC. Look at the facts without the spin. Devon County Council has net assets valued at £540 million. The new unitary would absorb the assets of all district councils, making it wealthier. The new unitary authority would have more councillors, so more representation. There is not another layer of bureaucracy, there is one less. The district council goes and Exmouth Town Council will get increased powers, so decision-making is more local. In addition, Community Boards are proposed. These will be local bodies that will inform and advise the town council and unitary authority. These boards reflect the proposals in a recent White Paper on Community EmpowermentThe only possible alternative proposed by the Boundary Committee is a unitary authority based on Exeter and Exmouth. An Exeter unitary has already been rejected because of the implications for Devon, which is mainly small towns and rural. There is no proposal to keep EDDC. The point of the exercise is to get rid of the bureaucracy of the districts. If you value the County of Devon, read the proposals and make up your own mind. Don't be fooled by EDDC spin that sounds like district councillors desperate not to lose their jobs. D Hill, 106 Ashleigh Road, Exmouth.

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