Sir: I share Councillor Margaret Little's concern. The creation of a mayor or leader with a small "cabinet" of senior councillors will lead to the formation of oligarchies to which promotion is likely to be by patronage, and where the influence of the remaining councillors will be small.
Additionally, there is no mention in the Government's proposals of either town or parish councils. I suspect that this primary level of local government will be left to wither and in time to disappear.
Member, East Hampshire District Council
Waterlooville, HampshireReuse content