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HEREFORD AND WORCESTER DENIES AD CLAIM

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Hereford and Worcester CC this week denied that advertisements in the local media publicising consultation over res...
Hereford and Worcester CC this week denied that advertisements in the local media publicising consultation over restructure options were unlawful, as Wychavon DC suggested.

Wychavon complained to the Audit Commission that the adverts run this July breached rules specifying council adverts must be informative not persuasive.

Radio and local newspaper adverts encouraged the public to 'leave the ridings to Yorkshire', a reference to a plan to create three unitaries, or ridings, in the county area. The county wants to see a unitary Herefordshire in combination with a two-tier Worcestershire.

Wychavon said the advertisements were suspended after talks with county auditor Price Waterhouse but the county said the ads had run their course.

'Wychavon perceive them as unlawful but the county does not and it has not been the opinion of a court of law,' a Hereford and Worcester spokesman said.

Wychavon chief executive Tony du Sautoy said the district did not intend to take legal action.

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