The ADC said it was delighted with the recommendations for unitary status which the commission has made but said it was wrong to leave out Exeter, Gloucester and Norwich.
'Norwich and Exeter have a history of 1,000 years' self- rule between them, while Gloucester was self-governing from Roman times to 1974,' ADC chair Peter Greenwood said.
'It can only be that the Local Government Commission has succumbed to the myth that granting them unitary status would take the heart out of the surrounding county. That is nonsense.'
'Unless unitary structures can be shown to be clearly better than the existing two-tier arrangement in delivering improved services at lower cost, they should not be proceeded with.'