The ACC, which says it has always maintained the case for change has not been made, said the poll of people in Cleveland, Derbyshire and Durham shows that people simply do not want change. When given even basic information on the possible costs of change, people are even more opposed to moving away from the status quo, a statement from the association said.
Robin Wendt, ACC secretary said: 'Local people realise that any change to council structure will result in tremendous costs, more than a billion pounds. That costs must be passed on to local people through their council tax bills. From this survey people have publicly state this is quite unacceptable.'