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CAMBRIDGESHIRE JUDICIAL REVIEW LOST

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The Association of District Councils has welcomed Friday's decision by the High Court to throw out the legal challe...
The Association of District Councils has welcomed Friday's decision by the High Court to throw out the legal challenge by Cambridgeshire CC.

According to Margaret Singh, chairwoman of the ADC: 'This announcement is further and I hope final confirmation that disagreement with the proposals put forward by the Local Government Commission is not a valid reason to pursue judicial reviews.

'The court clearly says that there is no arguable point of law in this respect. This is in line with previous decisions rejecting applications by Humberside and North Yorkshire and full judicial review challenges which went against Avon, Cleveland and Somerset CCs.

'Whilst we have sympathy from the point of view of East Cambridgeshire - also involved in these legal challenges - the Association has consistently maintained that authorities should make their arguments to the Commission, the public and the government and not spend public money on such fruitless court cases,' she added.

The Association also welcomed reports today that the environment secretary is to accept the Commission's recommendation to replace Avon CC and its five districts with four unitary councils.

This was confirmed in a letter to Lord Privy Seal Viscount Cranborne, carried in Local Government Chronicle (5 Aug, p3).

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