Simpler, better value, more local - why we need a single council in Buckinghamshire
“A new single council for Buckinghamshire would easily save the most money - at least £18m per year, according to independently-verified calculations – by increasing economies of scale, being more efficient and cutting down on the numbers of senior managers. That’s a lot of money – it would pay for a new primary school or more than double what is currently spent on road resurfacing each and every year! These are real tangible benefits for local residents.
“Every part of Buckinghamshire is different and home to very distinct towns and villages. That’s why I’m particularly proud about how the new council would offer a far more local service. This includes having community offices dotted around the county so that wherever people live, they are only within a few miles of a physical space where they can go in and talk about local services. We know that for many people – and particularly older residents – access to or using the internet can be problematic. They would much prefer to pick up the phone or meet face-to-face with someone locally – and under these plans, that’s what they’d get.
“One council would also put an end to the mind boggling complexity of ‘who does what and who should I talk to?’. Too often confusion over whether a service is provided by district or county means being passed from pillar to post or ‘hands washed’. In the future having departments such as housing and infrastructure under the same roof will lead to a far more-joined up and strategic approach to the issues facing residents. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help create a local government system for Buckinghamshire’s residents which will be simpler, far better value and closer to local people. I’d encourage as many people as possible to let the government know their views.”
Leader, Buckinghamshire County Council