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DesEsseintes - 23 Jul 2021 14:24:21 (#1 of 16)

On the whole, I don't think bigger councils is, relatively speaking, a bad idea, though I can understand why being run from Barrow might not be everybody's idea of a good time.

donttellhimpike - 23 Jul 2021 14:46:02 (#2 of 16)

Wasn't Praggers from Barrow?

DesEsseintes - 23 Jul 2021 15:13:30 (#3 of 16)

I don't remember but I'm sure you're right.

Impedimenta - 23 Jul 2021 15:16:08 (#4 of 16)

Copeland's Conservative elected mayor, Mike Starkie, said the move would bring "economies of scale, it's going to bring savings" as seven of each department, such as environmental health, is reduced to two, he said.

"This is probably the best thing that's happened in local government [in Cumbria] since the 70s," he said.

"I can only see it taking Cumbria at pace into the 21st Century and putting us at the top table and seeing some of the benefits that have come to the other combined authority areas."

Sounds like he's really swallowed that briefing paper.

Lento_ - 23 Jul 2021 15:26:29 (#5 of 16)

Why not go to the next step and revive the idea of splitting up England in to properly devolved regions? Give them all powers similar to Scotland, and put them at roughly a similar population size, and we're a step towards a federal UK made up of reasonably equal partners. That might help to better focus on local issues, benefit from the kinds of economies of scales mentioned here, and reduce the sense that the UK government is very London-centric.

tasselhoff - 23 Jul 2021 15:29:19 (#6 of 16)

And fight the southerners!

tasselhoff - 23 Jul 2021 15:29:40 (#7 of 16)

Oh, and those terrible Yorkshiremen.

TommyDGNR8 - 23 Jul 2021 15:41:02 (#8 of 16)

Meanwhile, in the already-extant unitary authority areas, the gammon squeal like stuck pigs about their forced neighbours and how "everything's done for their benefit".

Shadrack22 - 23 Jul 2021 15:45:17 (#9 of 16)

The stolid burghers of Ilkley suffering under the yoke of a BD postcode.

Atticus - 23 Jul 2021 15:53:22 (#10 of 16)

I agree with Lento.

ChankNolen - 23 Jul 2021 16:44:28 (#11 of 16)

#8 - Heh. Yep, we get plenty of that in our neck of the woods.

FrankieTeardrop - 26 Jul 2021 12:49:48 (#12 of 16)

The stolid burghers of Ilkley suffering under the yoke of a BD postcode.

Ilkley is LS29

Shadrack22 - 26 Jul 2021 12:51:25 (#13 of 16)

Details, details!

CarlosFandango - 26 Jul 2021 13:08:09 (#14 of 16)

BD would be fine, and geographically appropriate.

Just as long as Keighley doesn't get its own code, of course.

FrankieTeardrop - 26 Jul 2021 13:10:34 (#15 of 16)


CarlosFandango - 26 Jul 2021 13:43:42 (#16 of 16)

Yes, I mean with a K for Keighley.

Because then the poor Olicanians might find themselves postally classified as part of Keighley.

Imagine what it would do to property values up Panorama Drive!

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