The end for Devon?

PUBLISHED: 14:42 18 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:44 15 June 2010

HONITON Town Council is to canvas public opinion before forming a view on the future shape of local government in Devon.

HONITON Town Council is to canvas public opinion before forming a view on the future shape of local government in Devon.The Boundary Committee is carrying out a review - and the status quo is not purported to be an option.One idea is to form unitary authorities in travel-to-work areas.Honiton could be lumped in with Exeter and local councillors are concerned the flow of money will go into the city and not come back out again.Councillor Vernon Whitlock, the Mayor of Honiton, revealed at a meeting last week that a letter has been sent to the appropriate authority staking Honiton's claim on cash and property should anything be up for grabs when East Devon District Council is abolished.The end of Devon - that's how Councillor Whitlock sees the process."It's like the end of Devon," he said. "People will be driving through Somerset to Cornwall without Devon existing."The town council is to put a questionnaire on its website and canvas public opinion through its Talk of the Town newsletter.


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