Oxfordshire County Council, South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils have developed a proposal for a new single unitary council for Oxfordshire.
“A new council for a Better Oxfordshire” makes the case for replacing the existing two-tier structure of six councils with a single council for Oxfordshire.
One council is responsible for all the environmental services such as street cleaning and road maintenance in your area
Savings could be used to improve local maintenance, including roads
Joining up social services, housing and benefits to support people who need extra help
One website, one phone number, one contact for all your council services
Other public services such as the NHS and police would work with one council rather than several
Businesses have a single point of contact for services such as trading standards, licensing and planning
One council costs less to run than six, with fewer councillors and senior managers
One council saves £20m each year, which can be used to deliver services.
One local councillor representing your community who is accountable for all council services in your area
Parishes and town councils can influence decisions for their own communities
Councillors can be held to account for all council services by the community they represent
Key points of the proposal
Joint statement by Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Leader of Oxfordshire County Council, Cllr Matthew Barber, Leader of Vale of White Horse District Council and Cllr John Cotton, Leader of South Oxfordshire District Council:
Published March 23, 2017