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Tory Civil War Continues at Council Taxpayers’ Expense

March 10, 2019 7:48 AM

The local Tories just won't stop fighting each other about a new Buckinghamshire unitary council. It has been going on since 2007 when a unitary council was first suggested by the Tory-controlled County Council and the Tory-controlled District Councils all opposed it. It looked as though we were almost there when the Secretary of State finally decided to approve a single unitary council, but three of the District councils, including Chiltern, decided that they don't agree with the way that the new council will be set up and they have launched legal proceedings.

And we, the council taxpayers, are going to pay for the legal costs:

  • Liberal Democrats want a single unitary council for Bucks.
  • We don't think the new council needs 147 councillors. This is what the Tory Districts all argued for, and the Secretary of State's proposals go along with that. We accept it but will keep pressing for a slimmed down council as soon as possible.
  • We don't think the District Councils should be wasting time and public money pursuing legal challenges. Liberal Democrat councillors Peter Jones and Alan Bacon have both opposed this at Chiltern District Council