Costs immaterial

PUBLISHED: 02:01 27 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:15 15 June 2010

The letter written by the Liberal Democrat Jon Underwood, referring to local government reorganisation, is seriously flawed. It suggests that he is experienced in management and yet he suggests that big" is always beautiful and one solution fits all pro

The letter written by the Liberal Democrat Jon Underwood, referring to local government reorganisation, is seriously flawed. It suggests that he is experienced in management and yet he suggests that "big" is always beautiful and one solution fits all problems. These management theories were exhausted in the 1950s and are certainly not relevant today.Mr Underwood seems quite prepared to give up local democracy because of costs. However, the costs of the possible solutions have not yet been calculated or published. It is certainly not just a question of taking out district council costs since, currently, the county and district councils have different responsibilities.Whatever local government structure is put in place, it should not be entered into purely because of costs and our very precious local democracy should not be given away because of some pet management theory. To have one huge unitary council governing most of Devon not only takes away local input into government it puts the power into the hands of a very few Liberal Democrats - never a wise thing to do!Mrs Y FranksHoneysuckle Drive Honiton

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