THE Boundary Committee has given district councils until April 11 to propose a workable local government arrangement for Devon based on the unitary authority concept. Options range from a singe unitasry authority to cover the whole county, or splitting th

THE Boundary Committee has given district councils until April 11 to propose a workable local government arrangement for Devon based on the unitary authority concept.Options range from a singe unitasry authority to cover the whole county, or splitting the county into several new councils and doing away with Devon County CXouncil.Torridge District Counciul is canvassing the views of town and parish councils, the business community and the voluntary sector, despite the tight time frame.The preferred approach is one which maximises efficiencies for council taxpayers, while securing high quality services that best reflect the different needs of predominantly rural communities. The critical question is whether this is best achieved through a large county wide unitary arrangement or through a smaller more local Northern Devon unitary and whilst the heart may prefer one option, economics may favour the other. Council Leader Cllr James Morrish, said: "We, like many members of the parish and town councils, are extremely frustrated by the short length of time from when we first met the Boundary Committee to when our statement has to be submitted. "However sitting back and doing nothing is not an option and we will attempt, in partnership with the residents and businesses whom we serve, to ensure we make an informed decision. This will probably be the single most important decision that TDC will make."John van de Laarschot chief executive of the authority, said: "The time constraints imposed by the Boundary Committee are incredibly taxing for a thorough and considered opinion particularly when all of the assessment evidence will not be available until much later in the process. "That said, we need to work within the constraints given. Our members and officers are passionate about putting our citizens, communities and businesses at the centre of any recommended concept and we will not be deflected from this duty by any personal or party political agendas.