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LITTLE SUPPORT FOR CHANGE TO AVON, GLOUCESTERSHIRE AND SOMERSET

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The Association of County Councils said today that people in Avon, Gloucestershire and Somerset do not want a radic...
The Association of County Councils said today that people in Avon, Gloucestershire and Somerset do not want a radical overhaul of their local government.

The Local Government Commission will announce its final recommendations for the three counties on 20 December. But a MORI poll reveals that most people in Gloucestershire and in the north part of Avon - 45% - said they favoured the continuation of the present two-tier system.

In Somerset and the south part of Avon, where it has been rumoured the commission will overturn its initial recommendation for a single unitary council, 51% of people support either the present two-tier system or an improved version of it. The most frequently chosen option in Bristol was a unitary authority.

ACC secretary Robin Wendt said: 'By far the most expensive option for changing local government in Somerset and south Avon would be to establish three unitary councils...We trust that Sir John Banham will have the resolve to recommend that the present structure continues.'
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