Unitary bid 'bad for town', says Jim

PUBLISHED: 08:33 03 September 2008 | UPDATED: 22:16 15 June 2010

IF the Government rubberstamps a draft proposal for a unitary council in Devon, Honiton will lose out.

IF the Government rubberstamps a draft proposal for a unitary council in Devon, Honiton will lose out.That's the view of retired council worker Jim Kendall, 86.The former housing manager for Honiton Borough Council and an ex project officer for East Devon District Council says cash could be diverted from Honiton if a new powerbase is established away from Knowle.Speaking of the Boundary Committee's proposal for a super council, Mr Kendall told the Herald: "Our council representation will be less than it is now."Bigger communities will get hold of the money and Honiton and smaller places will lose out."Mr Kendall is adamant that East Devon District Council should remain to ensure even distribution of council taxpayers' money.He said: "It looks after local people's interests and, if we get a unitary authority, the money will be swallowed up in other areas."East Devon District Council is opposing the unitary council proposal.


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