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Tuesday, 7 February 2017
Great words from Andrew Smith MP
Please take note before it's to late.
Oxford East MPAndrew Smithsaid today in the Oxford Mail (07/02/2017) that the city should have more powers, not fewer.
He said: “In the interests of local democratic accountability and having councils which are in touch with the issues in their area, I have long supported unitary status for Oxford city, ideally on wider boundaries than present so that housing, transport and environmental protection can be planned properly.
“Swindon, Reading and Milton Keynes all have unitary status rather than being swallowed up in a wider county authority, and Oxford residents should have the same right.”
Mr Smith said he had voiced concerns to top government ministers, including Communities Secretary Sajid Javid.
The Labour politicians were speaking afterVale of White Horseand South Oxfordshire district councils announced they were teaming up withOxfordshire County Council, to submit plans for a super council next month.
This would see council tax made the same for all households in Oxfordshire, with the new authority given sweeping powers to approve major housing developments across the county.