Vikki Slade: "I am delighted that the people of Christchurch have had the chance to share their views on the proposed Super Council and that they have rejected it so emphatically."
Vikki Slade, Borough of Poole Councillor, after the Christchurch unitary council referendum, said:
"I am delighted that the people of Christchurch have had the chance to share their views on the proposed Super Council and that they have rejected it so emphatically.
"We are told that this merger is necessary to save us from bankruptcy but Poole Council has a relatively small funding gap to close and while we face massive council tax increases from this merger we will see further cuts. Where is the benefit to the people of Poole?
"We hope the Secretary of State will listen to the people of Christchurch and realise this is a politically motivated plan and suspend it. Shared management and delivery plans and efficiencies will deliver better public services without the need for the loss of independence from a Super Council."
HAVE YOUR SAY:
The Secretary of State has given local residents and the Council a last chance to have their say before a final decision is made in the new year.
You can express your concerns direct to the Secretary of State.
The Rt. Hon. Sajid Javid MP Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government
2 Marsham Street
Sign the petition: Say no to Council Tax hikes - You can sign our petition to Sajid Javid calling to prevent huge council tax hikes and allow funding for community councils by visiting: www.middorsetlibdems.org.uk/LGR
You only have until 8th January to have your say.