Wiltshire will soon have just one council instead of five authorities we currently have. The move to reorganise local government in Wiltshire has come about after the Department for Communities and Local Government gave the go ahead to the One Council submission.
On October 31st 2007 the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill received royal assent. This means that the legislative framework is now in place to create unitary authorities. Nine bids from around the country (including Wiltshire) have been minded to be approved by the Secretary of State.
The next stage was for the ‘rules’ (Statutory Orders) for implementation of the new authority to be developed. The rules set out;
Although the final legislative details have yet to be finalised, all five organisations are working very positively together on implementing the transition. A programme management structure (pdf 39Kb) has been put in place and a first draft of an implementation schedule (pdf 22Kb) has been produced.
As the programme progresses we will update the website on a regular basis. Although if at any time you have a question or a comment regarding the move towards one council please do not hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The order creating One Council for Wiltshire has now completed its passage through both Houses of Parliament and the local government minister has formally made the order.
This means that the Wiltshire Council will come into being on 1 April 2009. Elections will be held a month later, on new boundaries to be recommended by the Boundary Committee.
The Judicial Review appeal put forward by Congleton Borough Council & Shrewsbury & Atcham Borough Councils was recently heard in the Court of Appeal. On Tuesday 4 March 2008 we heard that there was a unanimous decision to dismiss the appeal on all five arguments that were put forward.
So, the legislation is now in place and we can continue to work together to ensure that Wiltshire Council will deliver:
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