Reform of council rejected by review
But the commission, which had proposed four unitary authorites in Gloucestershire, has now recommended no change. In Somerset, however, it has proposed three new unitary authorities.
The commission was set up to examine the case for unitary authorities to replace the structure of county and district councils. Two councils, Lancashire and Derbyshire, have already been given leave for judicial reviews over the way the commission is undertaking its work. The Government has asked the commission to look again at Derbyshire.
In a clear dig against local districts in Gloucestershire, the commission said there was no agreement between them on a unitary structure. 'Some had campaigned for the existing arrangements, others had put forward contradictory proposals which commanded little support,' it said.
Nor had polling been much help. A Mori survey showed that residents supported the principle of unitary authorities, but when asked about particular structures, 43 per cent preferred no change.
The commission keeps to its view that Avon county should be abolished. It proposes that Bristol should become a new unitary authority. The rest of Avon should be served by three new unitary authorities.
In Somerset it says the two-tier structure should be replaced by three authorities.
Communities Organised for a Greater Bristol, an alliance of pressure groups, criticised the plans as disruptive and expensive. Doug Henderson, the shadow local government minister, said: 'The reorganisation of local government is increasingly becoming a dog's breakfast.'
- 1 East 17 bandmember Brian Harvey in 'very desperate situation’
- 2 Germanwings plane crash: Video shows co-pilot Andreas Lubitz learning to fly as a teenager
- 3 Vladimir Putin says Russia will fight for the right of Palestinians to their own state
- 5 Ohio Democrat Teresa Fedor speaks out during abortion debate to reveal she has been raped – and is interrupted by laughter from Republicans
Vladimir Putin says Russia will fight for the right of Palestinians to their own state
Germanwings crash: Captain of doomed plane was only 'on board because he changed job to spend more time with his children'
Ohio Democrat Teresa Fedor speaks out during abortion debate to reveal she has been raped – and is interrupted by laughter from Republicans
Jeremy Clarkson 'could be given minder' ahead of a potential Top Gear return
The male and female faces thought to be the epitome of beauty, according to British people
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Street preacher quoting from the Bible fined for calling homosexuality an 'abomination'
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Woman filmed launching racist tirade against men on the Tube for speaking in 'own lingo'
The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
£18000 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Client Services Assistant is ...
£20000 - £100000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an excellent opportuni...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: A Duty Manager is required to join one of the ...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: A Team Leader is required to join one of the l...