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GUMMER ENDORSES COMMISSION'S PLAN TO ABOLISH CLEVELAND

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Plan to abolish Cleveland CC and replace it with four unitary authorities were accepted today by Environment Secret...
Plan to abolish Cleveland CC and replace it with four unitary authorities were accepted today by Environment Secretary John Gummer.

The final recommendations were made in the Local Government Commission's report to Mr Gummer, published in November. He will now ask parliament to approve the commission's proposals, which should allow changes to take effect in April 1995.

Mr Gummer said: 'This will bring the benefits of unitary local authorities to Cleveland: better service delivery, more efficient and effective local government and - most importantly - one door to knock on, making the council as accountable as possible to local people.

'I am also accepting, in principle, the commission's recommendation that the county of Cleveland be abolished; but this must be subject to decisions on County Durham and North Yorkshire, which are still under review by the commission'.

Mr Gummer has written to Sir John Banham to inform him of his decision.
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