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DISTRICTS SUPPORT GOVERNMENT 'VETO' ON COMMISSION PLANS

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A government decision to direct the Local Government Commission to start its work again in Derbyshire and Durham af...
A government decision to direct the Local Government Commission to start its work again in Derbyshire and Durham after 'vetoing' its controversial plans for reorganisation, has been backed by the Association of District Councils.

The ADC says that the decision by Environment Secretary John Gummer to call for a rethink of its proposals for the two counties signals the end of the present district-county two-tier local government system.

The ADC added that the proposals for two new unitary authorities in Derbyshire and a two tier structure for Co. Durham apart from Darlington was a shambles and had little public support.

Lady Anson, ADC deputy chairman, said: 'This is a positive move by the government, which should bring forward proposals designed to deliver changes for the better throughout Derbyshire and Durham., 'Opinion polls have consistently shown that people do not want the confusing two tier system and prefer district based, truly local councils to provide for them. The LGC got it wrong in Derbyshire and Durham and must think again.'
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