‘We need to know the nuts and bolts of unitary proposal’

Martin Tett
Martin Tett

The nuts and bolts of unitary plans for the Vale need to be decided quickly - according to county councillors.

Bucks County Council cabinet member Patricia Birchley made the comments today, as council leader Martin Tett revealed that he has still not received any communication from Aylesbury Vale District Council on their plans to explore going it alone.

The pair were responding to questions from AVDC and Bucks County Councillor Robin Stuchbury at this morning’s cabinet meeting.

Mr Stuchbury said: “I want to be reassured that they have actually bothered to contact you, as a district councillor apart from a ten minute meeting I have had no other contact from them on unitary.”

Mr Tett responded: “I don’t want to be critical of colleagues in other places, as of today I have not had any written or verbal communication from AVDC on this matter, that is their decision.”

But Mrs Birchley, who is cabinet member for adult social care claimed that more detail was needed so that the council could assess the potential impact on services.

She said: “I have always been of the opinion that if we go down that road it should be one council for Bucks and not two.

“The last thing we want to do is increase the huge cost of delivering social care and we need to get down to the nuts and bolts of this as soon as possible.”

Last month AVDC leader Neil Blake announced that his council would vote early this year on whether to explore the option of going unitary.

A unitary councillor the Vale would provide key services from just one place, and would break away from the current two council framework.

Unitary councils are already up and running around the country, and Mr Blake claimed that unitary could provide a better service for residents at a better cost.