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London leaders say there is 'no appetite' for reorganisation

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Three council leaders in London have rejected any talk of reorganising the capital’s boroughs.

Results from LGC’s Confidence Survey last month showed that senior officers at London boroughs were split exactly 50:50 on whether reorganisation would have to proceed in their areas within the next five years. Of those that thought there would be reorganisation in the capital, 43% thought it would happen within five years even though work had yet to start on plans.

However, Barking & Dagenham LBC leader Darren Rodwell (Lab) told LGC there was “no appetite for reorganising” London’s 32 boroughs and the City of London Corporation.

Cllr Rodwell said there was no reason to “mess around with boundaries” and added that reorganisation makes it “impossible plan” to for the future.

Bromley LBC leader Colin Smith (Con) agreed. He said: “That’s [reorganisation] not something we would celebrate.

“We have heard the narrative but the idea of merging the 32 boroughs into super boroughs is not something that we think is the right way forward for the people of Bromley,” he said.

However, Cllr Smith said he is “very happy to work, cooperate with and share staff” with other boroughs.

While Teresa O’Neill, Bexley LBC leader, said “none of us are an island” she thought all of the boroughs were “the right size” as long they continue to work in partnership.

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  • Existing cooperation is too small and fragmentary, piecemeal and subject to reversal. Full scale transformation is only possible through larger more efficient councils paired with strong governance.

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