Residents' association backs unitary authority

PUBLISHED: 08:41 01 October 2008 | UPDATED: 22:24 15 June 2010

AS Honiton Town Council rejected the Boundary Committee's draft proposal for a unitary authority in Devon, members of the Northcote Lane Area Residents' Association were giving the controversial plan their backing.

AS Honiton Town Council rejected the Boundary Committee's draft proposal for a unitary authority in Devon, members of the Northcote Lane Area Residents' Association were giving the controversial plan their backing.Association chairman Ken Sherman has told the Boundary Committee in a letter that, to the vast majority of members, the proposal "would be an improvement". He stressed, however, that a reasonable level of control and financial decision-making should be given to town and parish councils."The improvement in our area would come from an end to the belief that certain coastal towns here are seen as the 'jewels in the crown' and receive a faster and, it is believed, preferential service," he wrote.Mr Sherman said resident association members believed savings could be made on "maintenance and insurance costs on some of the palatial headquarter buildings at present occupied by some councils", leading to a beneficial effect on council tax.The deadline for responses to the Boundary Committee proposal was last Friday.


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