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CHIEFS SIGN UP FOR UNITARIES

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Over 160 district chief executives have signed a letter expressing their continuing support for unitary authorities...
Over 160 district chief executives have signed a letter expressing their continuing support for unitary authorities in England, on the 20th anniversary of the introduction of the present shire structure.

The letter, arguing there was a compelling case for changing to unitary authorities to 'produce a stronger, more efficient system of local government', was sent last week to Prime Minister John Major and Environment Secretary John Gummer.

Association of District Councils Leader Margaret Singh claimed the structure established in 1974 had led to 20 years of confusion and duplication, which should be ended.

'By a two to one majority of those with a view, the public would prefer to have one council replace the present two tier system', she said.
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