Modernising local government

The future of local government in Bucks


You can read about the major changes proposed for Buckinghamshire councils in your easy guide or quick summary


Extraordinary council meeting

As agreed at the extraordinary Council meeting on 21 March, AVDC will be making representations to the Secretary of State Sajid Javid about his recent ‘minded to’ announcement supporting one single county-wide unitary for Buckinghamshire, starting with seeking to understand more about the rationale and evidence behind his position.

Our aim is to ensure he has considered all of the most up-to-date information to help inform his final decision, which is expected in the weeks after the representation period ends on 25 May.

We will continue to engage with members, residents, businesses and other stakeholders to explain why the district councils still believe the two new unitaries proposal, as submitted last year, offers the best value for the communities across Buckinghamshire.

Our two new unitary proposal, in partnership with Wycombe, Chiltern and South Bucks District Councils, recognises key areas of difference for the communities in the north and the south of the county, such as the economy, jobs, growth and housing markets. This model would see one unitary council in Aylesbury Vale, and one for the south of the county, replacing the current county and district councils.

We believe a single large unitary would mean major opportunities being missed in these areas and that a one size fits all model will not deliver the best deal for our local residents, businesses, community groups, parish councils and various other stakeholders. We also question the savings the single unitary model claims to deliver and the level of local support it has. 

There is now a period until 25 May 2018 during which those interested may make further representations to the Secretary of State by emailing

The final decision will be expected a few weeks later and will be subject to a consideration period before parliamentary approval.


Head to our dedicated website for more information.


Read the executive summary

Read the full proposal report

A two new unitary model for Bucks would:

  • strengthen local decision making
  • improve and protect the future of local services
  • save taxpayers’ money
  • keep our customers at the centre of everything we do
  • create opportunities for residents, communities, businesses and other stakeholders

We don’t believe that change is about seeking short term gains. We need solutions that provide a solid foundation for any future challenges and which will benefit our children’s children.

We believe that any changes need to be introduced through a measured, considered and collaborative approach.

We also commissioned an open and independent review to find the best option for the future of local government in Bucks. 

You can read the summary brochure for an overview of the report or browse the full report, which outlines the range of options available.


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