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CANTERBURY CHIEF EXEC TELLS OF BUCK PASSING IN REVIEW LETTER

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The Times today (p15) carries four letters on the local government review. ...
The Times today (p15) carries four letters on the local government review.

Canterbury city council chief executive Christopher Gay writes to say that an essay published in the Times last week by Sir John Boynton was very much the point of view of a distinguished practitioner who 'made it' under a system 'now overtaken by events'.

Those of his former colleagues who have been struggling to make the best of the present two tier structure remain unconvinced, he writes, adding that for the last 20 years 'we have seen duplication of effort, buck passing, unproductive aggravation and a lack of accountability. We now desperately need a fundamental improvement in the quality and purpose of local government. This opportunity must not be missed.'

In another letter Trevor Marwood, chairman of Hertfordshire CC from May 1991-1993, says that Sir John Boynton accurately reflects many of the current anxieties in county government about planned changes.

He writes: 'Here in Hertfordshire many people share Sir John's criticism about the government's faith in unitary authorities. His county has attempted to reintroduce local dialogue, writes Mr Marwood and says that a review of local government based on the premise that local authorities can act in isolation is doomed to failure.
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