Democracy - keep it local

SIR - The latest proposals by the Boundary Committee are as flawed as the first recommendation. The residents of Devon are encouraged to write again under the new consultation expressing their disgust at the proposals especially as they would be most disa

SIR - The latest proposals by the Boundary Committee are as flawed as the first recommendation.The residents of Devon are encouraged to write again under the new consultation expressing their disgust at the proposals especially as they would be most disadvantageous to Northern Devon.Significant figures are being bandied-about in relation to "savings" which would be created through a single (or dual) Unitary Council. However, I challenge these figures. The Cornish experiment is testament to what can go wrong and the costs of the changes would never be recouped.That said, significant savings are available within the existing District Council structure. Is it too much like common sense for an instruction to be issued for certain services and resources to be shared? It would not be complicated if a central secretariat (even based at County Hall) was created to deal with many of the larger issues and into which each of the respective districts could subscribe. This is business sense and not bureaucracy and has nothing to do with the creation of a monolithic and unaccountable entity which then has had to create myriad new local boards to which no doubt, plenty of employed individuals would be recruited and significant costs incurred forever. Let us all protest to keep democracy as local as it is and use a commonsense head to create savings for the benefit of all in North Devon and that includes the Council Tax payer, despite what Government or the leaders of Devon County Council want! Philip J MiltonProspective Conservative Party Candidate for North Devon


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