Laura Sharman 03 June 2021

Three councils back Bay unitary proposal

Three councils back Bay unitary proposal image

The newly elected leaders of three neighbouring councils have backed proposals for a new Bay unitary authority.

The leaders of Barrow Borough Council (pictured), Lancaster City Council and South Lakeland District Council have written to the Government arguing a Bay unitary alongside a new North Cumbria authority would be the best model for local government reform in the area.

In a letter to local government secretary Robert Jenrick, the leaders wrote: ‘We believe that The Bay and North Cumbria proposal is the option that best meets your criteria.

’Our proposal is an opportunity to positively transform the area at a time when our communities and economies are rebuilding from the pandemic. Both The Bay and proposed North Cumbria unitary will improve local government and service delivery, provide stronger leadership and more sustainable structures.’

Lancashire County Council has rejected proposals to create a new Bay Unitary Council and is backing the proposal for a single unitary authority submitted by Cumbria County Council.

Read our feature on why local government reorganisation can be used as a catalyst for a new generation of councils that reflect their local economies and can lead the recovery.

Photo: Ian Petticrew

LEPs: A year like no other image

LEPs: A year like no other

Alun Rogers, chair of Stoke and Staffordshire LEP, on the 2020-2021 annual review and his hopes for the future of the LEP.
Supporting young victims of domestic abuse image

Supporting young victims of domestic abuse

Steph Waddell says it’s time for a serious long-term commitment from government to improve understanding of what works in supporting children affected by domestic abuse.
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Senior infrastructure engineer

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£45.834 - £56.141
You’ll lead the building, testing and monitoring new and existing services both on-prem and in the cloud. Greenwich, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Infrastructure engineer

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£37.772 - £46.999
This is a great role in a vibrant and growing team; we’re looking for people who have some experience in infrastructure engineering... Greenwich, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Solutions Architect

Essex County Council
Solutions ArchitectPermanent, Full TimeCompetitive SalaryLocation
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Head of Growth, Investment and Tourism – Dover District Council

Dover District Council
Competitive Salary
In this role, you will find significant and nationally important physical, economic and cultural assets with the capacity to... Dover, Kent
Recuriter: Dover District Council

Monitoring Officer / Assistant Director Legal, Registration & Electoral Services

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
£90,205 per annum         
This is an exciting time to join Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council and an opportunity to make a real difference. Rotherham, South Yorkshire
Recuriter: Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue