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Lucky escape for voters over Council merger

November 3, 2017 4:18 PM

Map of South Hams and West Devon councilsResidents in the South Hams had a lucky escape when West Devon pulled out of a council merger at the last minute. Despite overwhelming public opposition to the deal, South Hams Tories were determined to drive it through.

The Conservatives in charge of South Hams District Council voted to merge with cashstrapped West Devon Borough Council. Almost all the Tories voted for the merger, ignoring residents' views.

All Lib Dem councillors opposed the merger from the start, listening to the concern of residents.

Conservative councillors ignore consultation

  • 37 out of 45 parish and town councils said
    "No" to the merger, reflecting the views of local
    communities across the South Hams.
  • 86% of responses by individuals were opposed.

The district council portion of your Council Tax would have risen by 40% but the services you receive would not have improved - most of the money would have been spent in West Devon, not the South Hams. Luckily, West Devon Borough Council rejected the plan at the last minute.