EDDC to appeal against court ruling

PUBLISHED: 09:09 16 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:53 15 June 2010

EAST Devon District Council's Executive Board has agreed to sanction an appeal against a High Court judgement dealing with the council's challenge to the Boundary Committee, which may shortly recommend massive changes to local government in Devon.

EAST Devon District Council's Executive Board has agreed to sanction an appeal against a High Court judgement dealing with the council's challenge to the Boundary Committee, which may shortly recommend massive changes to local government in Devon.The Local Government Review could recommend the scrapping of all eight district councils in Devon and the County Council, to be replaced by a giant unitary authority responsible for delivering all council services across Devon, with the exception of Torbay and Plymouth.Yesterday's meeting of EDDC's top councillors voted for the appeal after receiving a report from the Chief Executive on the outcome of the Judicial Review hearing at the High Court shortly before Christmas.When the decision of Mr Justice Cranston was announced last week, EDDC's Leader, Councillor Sara Randall Johnson, said she was "mystified" by the judgement, which was critical of the Boundary Committee on a number of fronts, but stopped short of outright censure.She said on Thursday morning: "We feel it is only right and proper that we should proceed to the Court of Appeal against the High Court decision, because of the importance of this issue to public interest and democracy.


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