Changes proposed for Bucks councils

The Government has been reviewing the future of Buckinghamshire’s councils over the last year, with a view to creating new unitary councils. A unitary council provides all services currently provided by the district and county councils.

The Secretary of State announced on 12 March that he is "minded to" create one new unitary council for the whole of Bucks, (excluding Milton Keynes), as proposed by Buckinghamshire County Council.

This is by no means a final decision and the four district councils in Bucks, including Wycombe District Council, think that there is a better way of providing local services.

A single unitary council would mean that the existing county and district councils would be abolished and replaced by a new “super” council for Bucks.

We think that because the north and the south of the county are so different, it would be better if there are two new unitary councils that will recognise the significant differences between the north and south of the county in terms of the economy, jobs, housing market, demographic and even the topographical geography. The two new unitary councils would cover the area that is currently Aylesbury Vale in the north; in the south, the new unitary council would cover the areas of the Wycombe, Chiltern and South Bucks districts. These new north and south councils would also be unitary councils, running all services currently provided by district and county councils.

For more information about the district councils' proposal for two new unitary councils, visit www.modernisingbucks.org

You can your opinion to the Government about what these changes could mean to you, your family or your business. Will a big Bucks council be best, or will a smaller, more local unitary council be even better? The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government has invited representations until 25 May 2018.

To make your voice heard, email the new Secretary of State james.brokenshire@communities.gsi.gov.uk or you can write to: The Rt. Hon. James Brokenshire MP, Secretary of State of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Fry Building. 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF

Please also copy your views to your local Bucks MP:

Steve Baker MP (Wycombe): steve.baker.mp@parliament.uk
The Rt. Hon. John Bercow MP (Buckingham): john.bercow.mp@parliament.uk
The Rt. Hon, Dame Cheryl Gillan MP (Chesham and Amersham): cheryl.gillan.mp@parliament.uk
The Rt. Hon. Dominic Grieve QC MP (Beaconsfield) :  dominic.grieve.mp@parliament.uk
The Rt. Hon. David Lidington MP (Aylesbury): david.lidington.mp@parliament.uk