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MORI FINDINGS ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT SHAKE-UP IN SOUTH WEST

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Result published today of a MORI poll carried out for the Local Government Commission on public opinion of new stru...
Result published today of a MORI poll carried out for the Local Government Commission on public opinion of new structures in Avon, Somerset and Gloucestershire, show majority support for the principle of unitary authorities.

In Bristol, 76% of residents supported a unitary authority with the most favoured option being an authority based on city boundaries followed by an authority on extended boundaries.

In Gloucestershire and North Avon, 59% of residents polled supported the principle of unitary authorities but the preferred individual option was the status quo (42%).

In Somerset and South Avon, 62% preferred the principle of unitary authorities while the most popular individual choice is an extension of the two-tier system covering former Somerset.

Sir John Banham today said final recommendations to the environment secretary should be received by 20 December.
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