Government shake-up will retain town councils

PUBLISHED: 08:11 16 July 2008 | UPDATED: 22:04 15 June 2010

HONITON Town Council will not be scrapped if a new unitary authority is created for Devon.

HONITON Town Council will not be scrapped if a new unitary authority is created for Devon.According to Devon County Council, which is proposing the draft plan adopted by the Boundary Committee, the town council could take on additional responsibilities."We think there are potentially great opportunities for town and parish councils to have responsibility for some local services to be delegated to them by the unitary council, providing that this is what they want and they meet agreed standards," explains a statement issued by County Hall."The success of the Parish Paths Partnership and the parish lengthsmen scheme demonstrate what can be achieved. We believe that delegation of local services is more likely to be achieved if the new unitary council provides funding to develop the capacity of town and parish councils."The statement concludes: "We would want to work with town and parish councils to identify opportunities for delegated services and co-design pilot schemes to assess their potential."Town and parish councils could make bids for such services directly to the unitary council - as happens now with the county council."Honiton Town Council has gained quality status and is unlikely to shy away from greater responsibility - so long as funding is provided.

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