I am not opposed to change where it is needed and I do not suggest that our present local government system is perfect.
But who really believes that we need 'the biggest shake-up in local government since the Domesday Book'? The result of such shake- ups is disruption and expense. In some circumstances they may be needed, but not, surely, where the existing system is as successful and as well accepted as I believe is the case in most of the country.
Has the Government really heard no one speak in favour of the status quo? Our local papers in Hampshire seem increasingly full of letters opposing unnecessary change, a view shared, I believe, by some of our Conservative MPs. I cannot believe that this is the case only in Hampshire. Can the Government be listening?
Greywell, HampshireReuse content