Honiton bids to be pilot authority

PUBLISHED: 07:41 05 November 2008 | UPDATED: 14:48 20 April 2010

HONITON Town Council will consider putting itself forward as a pilot authority should the proposed change to unitary status be adopted.

HONITON Town Council will consider putting itself forward as a pilot authority should the proposed change to unitary status be adopted. Town clerk Lyn Hargood told the general purposes committee what the situation would be in relation to collaboration between parish and town councils and the new authority. The committee agreed to recommend to the town council that Honiton apply to be considered as a pilot authority during the proposed change to unitary status and asked the clerk to draw up a briefing paper for the next full council meeting. Councillors were told that the view of Devon County Council was that 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. It cited the success of the Parish Paths Partnership and the Parish Lengthsmen scheme, as demonstrating what can be achieved. The county council said it wants to work with town and parish councils to identify opportunities for delegated services and co-design pilot schemes to assess their potential. Councillors also noted that the county council's response to the Boundary Committee's proposal included a reference to a separate community board for the Blackdown Hills, which they welcomed.


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