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UNITARY STATUS WILL RENEW NORTH EAST, SAYS COMMISSION

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New unitary authorities in Darlington, Hartlepool, Langbaurgh, Middlesbrough and Stockton would lead to a renewal o...
New unitary authorities in Darlington, Hartlepool, Langbaurgh, Middlesbrough and Stockton would lead to a renewal of local government in the North East, a local government commissioner said today.

Commissioner, Ann Levick said it would cost in the range of £13-18m to establish four new authorities in Cleveland, but there would be annual cost savings of between £6-11m.

Other recommendations include renaming the new unitary councils based on Langbaurgh 'Redcar and Cleveland Council'. Combined authorities should be formed in both the present County Durham and Cleveland areas for the police and fire services and there should be no changes to the probation and magistrates' courts services. A new parish area should be formed for Thornaby, it was also recommended.
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