AVDC councillors agree next steps following unitary announcement

22 Mar 2018

Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) has agreed to make representations to the Secretary of State in response to his recent ‘minded to’ decision on the future of local government in Buckinghamshire. The council decided this in order that it could fully understand the rationale and evidence that supports this position and to ensure he has considered all of the most up-to-date information to help inform his final decision.

An extraordinary meeting of Council took place last night after the Secretary of State, Sajid Javid, announced on 12 March that he is 'minded to' approve a single county-wide unitary authority for Buckinghamshire (excluding Milton Keynes), replacing the existing county and four district councils.

Last year, AVDC, in partnership with Chiltern, South Bucks and Wycombe district councils, submitted an alternative proposal, which would create two new all-purpose unitary authorities providing all services in the north and south of Buckinghamshire.

“As things stand, I feel one new single unitary authority for a county as large and diverse as Bucks would mean missed opportunities for residents and businesses across all key areas, including service provision and the economy. I’m glad we’ve got the backing to take this forward and I hope we can go on to help secure the best for the people of Bucks,” commented Neil Blake, AVDC’s Leader of the Council.

The government announcement specified a 10-week period of representations that is scheduled to end on 25 May 2018. The final decision will be subject to a period of consideration before parliamentary approval.

Following last night’s meeting, AVDC will now meet with the other district councils to plan their response to the ‘minded to’ decision.

For more information on the north and south unitary model, please visit: https://www.modernisingbucks.org.

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