But will this be superseded by the proposed abolition of district councils?
The latest news on what’s happening with the GESP has been widely reported:
With more news reports from other media:
Now thoughts are turning to the consequences…
It is now a fortnight ago since East Devon’s cabinet rejected the GESP:
This has attracted the attention of national commentators:
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Locally, there have been a lot of pieces in the Exmouth Journal arguing for or against this decision:
Meanwhile, there has been some blogging going on from councillors:
Now there is talk of plans to ‘reorganise’ local government, although how long that will last is unclear:
Already there are signs of something amiss: the transcript of the speech by the minister for local government, Simon Clarke, in which he set out his devolution plans, was mysteriously taken down from the government’s website soon after it was put there.
But Devon County councillors are not keen, as this report from a fortnight ago points out:
“To blow everything up now would be an act of political vandalism to our local communities, and a terrible barrier to making the progress that we need to make across the whole county.”
Senior Devon councillors have reiterated they have no desire to ‘lead the charge towards becoming a Unitary’ and reopen the arguments over Local Government reorganisation. The Government are set to publish a Devolution White paper this Autumn with speculation it would see county and district councils – the top tiers of authority – be invited to propose merging their powers and become Unitary councils.
Then what would happen to local planning decisions?
Who exactly would make them – under other proposals to shake up local government?
Would the County Council hold all the cards, or would some powers be repatriated to Town Council level?
County elections will be held next May: