ECHO COMMENT: Who wouldn't want to scrap six councils?
LORD Heseltine's wide-ranging report on economic growth seems to have been widely welcomed.
While national politicians disagreed on what it meant about the policies of his Tory party, business leaders were delighted.
They backed his call for a long-term strategy for growth, which he said should also remove many powers from central government and pass them down to local councils.
But it's when you get to what type of councils will be there to make those decisions that local politicians soon start to fall out.
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Lord Heseltine has again raised the question of scrapping two-tier local authorities.
It would mean that instead of paying one council for services like education and social services (the county council) and another for rubbish collections and planning (borough and district councils), everything would be run by one unitary authority.
One person who would be unlikely to lose out is county council leader Mark Hawthorne, as a new version of Gloucestershire county council would remain.
But he has dismissed the call, saying local government reorganisation is the last thing we should be spending millions on at present.
Cotswold leader Lynden Stowe also opposes the plan for rural areas, saying a county-wide authority would not represent the area properly. But leaders at Cheltenham Borough are less dismissive, saying it makes sense in principle.
What nobody seems to be disputing is that in the long-run, running one council in Gloucestershire would be cheaper than running seven.
It should also be more efficient and, perish the thought, could also mean council taxpayers actually fully understand who does what to provide the services they need.
The shake-up may not be a priority for now, but it should not be dismissed. It will keep coming back on to the agenda because, for many reasons, it makes sense.
WHAT can we say about the enthusiastic staff at Gloucestershire Airport?
When vehicles on runways aren't keeping birds away from flight paths, they leap into action.
Whether they set off fireworks or bird distress calls or just dance around like lunatics, they soon take flight. Who needs new technology?