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ACC SLAMS PLANS TO SPLIT SOMERSET THREE WAYS

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The proposals to create three unitary authorities in Somerset represents the increasing 'balkanisation' of local go...
The proposals to create three unitary authorities in Somerset represents the increasing 'balkanisation' of local government which John Banham claims he is opposed to, ACC said today.

The recommendations set out by the Local Government Commission today fly in the face of the MORI poll for Somerset, said the ACC, when the majority of residents said they wanted a continuation of the two-tier system. The LGC proposals of a three way split was supported by 17% of those polled.

Dennis Pettitt, Chairman of the ACC, warned: 'Without a strategic authority Somerset will become a small voice on the national and European stage. How will the West stand up against Birmingham in Europe for instance?'

Mr Pettitt also claimed that it would take six years for residents to pay for the transitional costs of the three unitary council option.
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