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SEVEN UNITARIES FOR SOUTH WEST ANNOUNCED BY COMMISSION

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Seven new unitary councils in Avon and Somerset would lead to the renewal of local government in the South West, Si...
Seven new unitary councils in Avon and Somerset would lead to the renewal of local government in the South West, Sir John Banham, Chairman of the Local Government Commission, said in Bristol today.

Introduction of the new councils would mean the return of people now in Avon to the former counties of Gloucestershire and Somerset for ceremonial and cultural purposes. Bristol would be restored to its proud traditional status as a city and a county.

The new councils, including one for City of Bristol, would provide all local government services at present divided between 13 County and district councils in Avon and Somerset - potentially creating annual savings in administrative costs of up to £12m.

No changes are recommended at this time for the existing council structure in the present Gloucestershire CC area.

The new all-purpose councils and their new names as recommended by the Commission are: The City and County of Bristol - based on the present City Council area; North West Somerset - the area of the District of Woodspring; South Gloucestershire - the area of the Districts of Kingswood and Northavon.

Bath and North East Somerset - the area of the Districts of Bath and Wansdyke; Mid Somerset - the area of the District of Sedgemoor and the west of the District of Mendip; South Somerset - the area of the District of South Somerset and the east of the District of Mendip; West Somerset - the area of the Districts of Taunton Deane and West Somerset.

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