NORTH Devon Council is being urged to back a call for a referendum if the Boundary Committee recommends a single unitary authority solution for local government in Devon. Former leader Cllr Malcolm Prowse will ask colleagues tomorrow (Wednesday) to suppo

NORTH Devon Council is being urged to back a call for a referendum if the Boundary Committee recommends a single unitary authority solution for local government in Devon.Former leader Cllr Malcolm Prowse will ask colleagues tomorrow (Wednesday) to support a notice of motion asking the council to initiate and conduct a referendum through the Electoral Reform Society open to all North Devon residents to establish the level of support for such a recommendation.Mr Prowse says the seven other district councils in Devon should be asked to join in, preferably on the same day.The notice of motion requests that the council Executive oversees the process and makes any appropriate arrangements, including the necessary finance.All the present district councils in Devon would go if the Government accepts the unitary authority solution.The Boundary Committee is due to make its final recommendation by the end of the year.North Devon Council has campaigned against a unitary authority, pointing out that only 37 town and parish councils support the proposal with 187 against.