Mixed reactions have been given to a report by Lord Heseltine calling for two-tier authorities to be scrapped

LOCAL councillors have given mixed reactions to a report by Lord Heseltine calling for two-tier authorities, the system currently in place in the Cotswolds, to be scrapped.

The review was commissioned by Chancellor George Osborne and consists of 89 different recommendations to help foster economic growth in the UK.

Currently services provided by local government to Cotswold residents are split, with Gloucestershire County Council in charge of areas such as education, transport, social services and libraries.

Cotswold District Council looks after services such as licensing, planning and development, refuse collection and environmental health.

A number of responsibilities are shared between the two councils.

Lord Heseltine's report, ‘No stone unturned in pursuit of growth,’ maintains that the two-tier system is confusing and expensive and should be replaced by one unitary authority for the whole county, as is the case with Wiltshire.

Cllr John Burgess, who sits on Gloucestershire County Council as Cirencester ward member, Cotswold District Council for the Beeches as well as Cirencester Town Council, said he agreed with the idea.

“I think it’s pretty much inevitable,” he said.

“The cost is the driving factor behind the whole thing – to have three tiers is very expensive.

“A higher authority covering a wider area and giving more power to the town and parish councils is just what we need, especially in a place like Cirencester with a fairly strong town council.”

CDC chairman Cllr Sir Edward Horsfall (Con, Ampney-Coln) disagreed, however, saying he felt it was important a local authority was able to work closely with its communities.

“I think its right that CDC stay involved in local matters while GCC work towards matters for the whole county,” he said.

“I think that’s a good arrangement and I feel it should continue.”

As well as increasing funding to local government, Lord Heseltine has also recommended that all councillors be elected every four years rather than the current staggering over three years.

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9:01am Mon 10 Dec 12

dopey1 says...

Cllr Horsfall is correct in that it was important a local authority was able to work closely with its communities.
It "was" able to work closely with its communities but it didn't! It chose to work against them, which it is still doing. Good bye and good riddance. Please turn the lights off on your way out.
Cllr Horsfall is correct in that it was important a local authority was able to work closely with its communities. It "was" able to work closely with its communities but it didn't! It chose to work against them, which it is still doing. Good bye and good riddance. Please turn the lights off on your way out. dopey1
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8:28am Tue 11 Dec 12

Cirenres says...

For clarity (CDC seem to love that expression) my understanding is that Lynden Stowe is the Council Leader and Horsfall the Council Chair. Having, over the past two years, attended most Council and Cabinet meetings CDC as a function would be sorely missed. By no-one!!!
For clarity (CDC seem to love that expression) my understanding is that Lynden Stowe is the Council Leader and Horsfall the Council Chair. Having, over the past two years, attended most Council and Cabinet meetings CDC as a function would be sorely missed. By no-one!!! Cirenres
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1:13pm Tue 11 Dec 12

dopey1 says...

Cllr Lynden Stowe, Cllr John Burgess and Cllr Ray Theodoulou are all both Cotswold District and Gloucestershire councillors. In fact, we pay them twice.

Reducing the number of councils that they could “serve” us on, would see them a bit short of readies.

The Gloucestershire Council web-site still shows Cllr John Burgess, Cllr Ray Theodoulou and their chum Cllr Shaun Parsons as being on the Cotswold Water Park Joint Committee. Some mistake surely?
Cllr Lynden Stowe, Cllr John Burgess and Cllr Ray Theodoulou are all both Cotswold District and Gloucestershire councillors. In fact, we pay them twice. Reducing the number of councils that they could “serve” us on, would see them a bit short of readies. The Gloucestershire Council web-site still shows Cllr John Burgess, Cllr Ray Theodoulou and their chum Cllr Shaun Parsons as being on the Cotswold Water Park Joint Committee. Some mistake surely? dopey1
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3:23pm Tue 11 Dec 12

Union Man says...

Maybe Cotswold/West Ox should be a unitary?
That would trim Theodolou and Burgess's pay checks
Just a thought.
And how about some democracy for the Cirencester area, Chesterton Parish Council, Watermoor Parish Council, Stratton etc, far far cheaper than the sprawling ineffective Cirencester Monolith currently squandering our money on deserted Christmas Markets in a dreary depressing market place otherwise full of building societies and charity outlets.
Maybe Cotswold/West Ox should be a unitary? That would trim Theodolou and Burgess's pay checks Just a thought. And how about some democracy for the Cirencester area, Chesterton Parish Council, Watermoor Parish Council, Stratton etc, far far cheaper than the sprawling ineffective Cirencester Monolith currently squandering our money on deserted Christmas Markets in a dreary depressing market place otherwise full of building societies and charity outlets. Union Man
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8:02am Wed 12 Dec 12

Crispin Mount says...

This article reads like the Minutes from an internal Cotswold Conservative Association away day; Tories too busy carving up the empire and allocating roles to witness that the empire is crumbling about their ears.

Gloucestershire governance is rotten to the core and the responsibility for this dystopia lies entirely with the above named Councillors who failed to clean-up whilst, er,....cleaning-up.
This article reads like the Minutes from an internal Cotswold Conservative Association away day; Tories too busy carving up the empire and allocating roles to witness that the empire is crumbling about their ears. Gloucestershire governance is rotten to the core and the responsibility for this dystopia lies entirely with the above named Councillors who failed to clean-up whilst, er,....cleaning-up. Crispin Mount
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10:14am Wed 12 Dec 12

Cirenres says...

Anyone want to guess what Stowe picks up in allowances (our money) for a par-time job?

Check the CDC web site.
Anyone want to guess what Stowe picks up in allowances (our money) for a par-time job? Check the CDC web site. Cirenres
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10:19am Wed 12 Dec 12

Cirenres says...

Anyone want to guess what Stowe picks up in allowances (our money) for a par-time job?

Check the CDC web site.
Anyone want to guess what Stowe picks up in allowances (our money) for a par-time job? Check the CDC web site. Cirenres
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11:19am Wed 12 Dec 12

Olly Cromwell says...

Cllr Stowe = £25,605 as a result of Cotswold District role AND Glos County Council role.

Cllr Theodoulou = £37,615 as a result of Cotswold District role AND Cabinet role on Glos County Council.

Remarkable value for money (not) given Stowe's links to Water Park businesses and Theodoulou's investment decisions over Icelandic Banks.
Cllr Stowe = £25,605 as a result of Cotswold District role AND Glos County Council role. Cllr Theodoulou = £37,615 as a result of Cotswold District role AND Cabinet role on Glos County Council. Remarkable value for money (not) given Stowe's links to Water Park businesses and Theodoulou's investment decisions over Icelandic Banks. Olly Cromwell
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5:27pm Wed 12 Dec 12

Susie Clark says...

And, of course, the comments above couldn't possibly be written by Paul's Lib Dem acolytes - hang on, though - they are the usual tired mixture of envy , personal attacks , muck-raking and issues totally unrelated to the effective running of a council , so perhaps they are after all !
And, of course, the comments above couldn't possibly be written by Paul's Lib Dem acolytes - hang on, though - they are the usual tired mixture of envy , personal attacks , muck-raking and issues totally unrelated to the effective running of a council , so perhaps they are after all ! Susie Clark
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6:27pm Wed 12 Dec 12

Council Taxpayer says...

Tory Susie needs to remember that you can only rake muck if it is there to be raked in the first place and in the Cotswolds - notably in the Water Park - we are knee deep in the stuff.
Does she honestly believe that the team of top detectives from the City of London Police, who have been here for more than a year now poking around in the shady dealings of some very influential local characters, were despatched to the sticks at vast public expense simply to muckrake?
The truth is that, when the muck stinks to high heaven, as it does in the Cotswolds, those wielding the rakes are performing a civic duty.
When CDC is finally closed down, those sent in to clean out the Augean stables at Trinity Road will have to hold their noses.
Tory Susie needs to remember that you can only rake muck if it is there to be raked in the first place and in the Cotswolds - notably in the Water Park - we are knee deep in the stuff. Does she honestly believe that the team of top detectives from the City of London Police, who have been here for more than a year now poking around in the shady dealings of some very influential local characters, were despatched to the sticks at vast public expense simply to muckrake? The truth is that, when the muck stinks to high heaven, as it does in the Cotswolds, those wielding the rakes are performing a civic duty. When CDC is finally closed down, those sent in to clean out the Augean stables at Trinity Road will have to hold their noses. Council Taxpayer
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11:50pm Wed 12 Dec 12

dopey1 says...

Comments "Totally unrelated to the effective running of a council"?
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"Envy"???
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No, I'm not envious of someone dependent on hand outs from a gravy-train or a pork-barrel or the dole.

Maybe "effective running" means "for me and my chums"?
Comments "Totally unrelated to the effective running of a council"? ... "Envy"??? ... No, I'm not envious of someone dependent on hand outs from a gravy-train or a pork-barrel or the dole. Maybe "effective running" means "for me and my chums"? dopey1
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