Status quo preferred

PUBLISHED: 07:02 10 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:42 15 June 2010

AS the debate over unitary status for local government continues, EDDC has said, if pushed, it would prefer a four council county. But no change remains the preferred option for councillors.

AS the debate over unitary status for local government continues, EDDC has said, if pushed, it would prefer a four council county. But no change remains the preferred option for councillors.The possible future structure of unitary councils in Devon was discussed at Wednesday's East Devon District Council executive meeting.The council had been asked to say which of four unitary options the council would support, if it had to.Leader Sara Randall Johnson made clear they would prefer the status quo of two tier authorities was kept.Ms Randall Johnson said: "This is here and it may happen. But let me be clear, we prefer the status quo."She said, if change had to happen, the council would prefer the county being split into four authorities based on travel to work areas. This option also has the unanimous support of business leaders in East Devon. It would create four areas based around Exeter, Plymouth, Torbay and Barnstaple.She said: "This would not be a case of Exeter taking us over or us taking them over, it is about working in a different way.

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