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CAMBRIDGESHIRE HITS BACK AT BANHAM

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Cambridgeshire CC has written to Local Government Commission chairman Sir John Banham chastising him for claiming t...
Cambridgeshire CC has written to Local Government Commission chairman Sir John Banham chastising him for claiming the county was throwing good money after bad in a judicial review.

The county wants the High Court to force the commission to include an option of retaining the status quo in its public consultations (LGC, 24 June). Cambridgeshire has supported unitary councils since the beginning of the review process, but wants the status quo option included because of the large number of parish councils, businesses, voluntary groups and local people who do not want change.

Sir John claimed the move was 'the triumph of hope over experience'.

Cambridgeshire chief executive Gordon Lister wrote to Sir John on Wednesday warning him of the county's increasing concern about his public comments, particularly on his support for a unitary authority for Huntingdonshire.

'We do not believe the case for Huntingdonshire has been made, particularly in the commission's own report on Cambridgeshire,' he said, pointing out inaccuracies in Sir John's understanding of Huntingdon.

The commission's option for a unitary Fenland 'seems the height of perversity. This option would truly represent the Balkanisation of local government in Cambridgeshire. It is an option your own officers have described as on the margins of viability', he said.

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