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TWO NEW AUTHORITIES FOR DERBY AND NORTH EAST DERBYSHIRE

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There should be two new unitary authorities for the city of Derby and North East Derbyshire focused on the town of ...
There should be two new unitary authorities for the city of Derby and North East Derbyshire focused on the town of Chesterfield, the Local Government Commission recommended today.

The Commission said there had been no agreement elsewhere in the county for any unitary structure since the commission specifically rejected in its consultation report a structure of unitary councils based upon existing district boundaries.

'Further we have found a considerable support for the present two tier structure,' the Commission says in a letter to Environment Secretary John Gummer.

Specifically it recommends: a new unitary authority based on the boundaries of Derby City; a new unitary authority for north east Derbyshire on the area covered by Chesterfield BC, North East Derbyshire DC and Bolsover DC; for the rest of the county there should be no change to the two tier structure; the historic county of Derbyshire should remain for ceremonial and related purposes.

The Commission also recommends combined authorities for both the police and fire services in the county on which representatives of the new unitary councils would serve together with those from Derbyshire CC.

FOR FURTHER DETAILS OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS AND REACTIONS SEE FOLLOWING STORIES.

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