Laura Sharman 16 September 2014

Leader calls for single council in Cheshire

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The leader of Cheshire East Council has called for the abolishment of his own council in favour of a county council.

Cllr Michael Jones said the creation of Cheshire East and Cheshire West following the local government reorganisation in 2009 was a ‘bad decision’ and the two councils should be reunified.

He said the move had made the two authorities ‘weaker’ as a result and is opening a debate on ‘One Cheshire’.

Cllr Jones said: ‘What I’m calling for today is a review of our separated and divided local government as I set out my ambition for a unified Cheshire Council that serves the needs of all Cheshire residents.

‘A unified and strong Cheshire would reduce council tax liability for every household to the tune of around £100.’

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The Brownfield Land Release Fund

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