Please see below a message from Councillor Barry Wood, Leader of Cherwell District Council:
Earlier this month I wrote to you all to inform of you Oxfordshire County Council’s plans to disband the area’s city and district councils (including Cherwell) and replace them with a single unitary authority for all of Oxfordshire.
At the time, I told you that Cherwell, Oxford City Council and West Oxfordshire District were united in their opposition to this. That still remains the case and earlier this week, we wrote to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid MP, to request a meeting before any decision is made. We are now awaiting a reply.
In the meantime, Cherwell has set up a petition to stop the proposals from going ahead and since its launch last night, more than 220 people have now signed it. I would encourage each of you to also show your support in opposing these proposals by adding your own name to the petition and encouraging friends and family to do the same. The signatures gathered will be used as evidence in our ongoing effort to protect the future of Cherwell District Council and services to our residents.
You can sign the petition by clicking https://www.change.org/p/stop-plans-for-a-unitary-authority-in-oxfordshire
In the meantime I thank you all for your support; should you have any questions please do feel free to email me directly.
Cllr Barry Wood,
Leader of Cherwell District Council