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REORGANISATION: OPTIONS FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT

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The Boundary Committee have been asked by the government to present options for new single tier local authorities i...
The Boundary Committee have been asked by the government to present options for new single tier local authorities in the three county areas of Cheshire, Cumbria and Lancashire.*

People in the three county areas will have two choices in the regional government referendum, which is likely to be held in October 2004. They will be asked whether they favour the introduction of a regional assembly to the north-west, and if they do, which single tier model of local government they prefer.

The Boundary Committee chair, Pamela Gordon said: 'The draft recommendations that we are putting forward today are there for consultation; we have highlighted the strengths and weaknesses of different options and we are looking for more evidence to enable us to develop our final recommendations. We can be sure that the local authorities will give us their views but we will particularly welcome responses from other interested local residents in the areas concerned.'

Following the publication of the draft recommendations the Boundary Committee will be asking the views of local authorities and the public on the different options. The final stage of the review begins on 24 February 2004 when the committee will be considering all the responses they have received and drawing up their final recommendations.

Derek Boden, leader of the North West Regional Assembly said: 'The North West Regional Assembly has always advocated the north-west people's right to choose and in next years referendum they will be able to exercise those choices. While the Boundary Committee's consultation process has been thorough, I am delighted that Pamela Gordon has made it clear that consultation will not cease with the publication of proposals today. I will be interested to see the final recommendations published next year.'

* See LGCnet.

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