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Spelthorne Borough Council unanimously vote to oppose Surrey-wide Unitary Authority

Members of Spelthorne Borough Council voted unanimously to agree motions to oppose a single Surrey-wide Unitary Authority

On Thursday 24 September an Extraordinary Council Meeting was held to discuss proposals by Surrey County Council to form a single unitary authority.

Four motions in relation to the proposal by Surrey County Council to form a Unitary Authority were received for consideration at this meeting.

Motion 1;

That in response to SCCs recently publicised proposal, this Council strongly opposes a single Surrey-wide Unitary Authority and will write to Tim Oliver and Surrey County Council accordingly.

Proposed - Cllr John Boughtflower
Seconded - Cllr Jim Mcllroy

Motion 2;

This Council is concerned by the prospect of a Government White paper as an attack on Local Government and local democracy. While the Council is open to taking part in discussions about Unitary Authorities it does not support Centralisation by National Government and recognises the value and contribution made already by this authority. In doing so it will only endorse change that actively improves the quality and provision of services available to residents and that demonstrably increases local democracy and accountability.

The Council will write to Mr Tim Oliver to this effect and express our concerns over the manner the proposals were published in particular the lack of prior consultation of and dialog with existing borough, town and parish councils in Surrey, specifically Spelthorne Borough Council.

Proposed - Cllr John Boughtflower
Seconded - Cllr Jim Mcllroy

Motion 3;

This Council directs that all Local Government Structures be fully explored to ascertain the best options for Spelthorne and its residents. As part of this exploration, the Council expects to engage in active dialogue with neighbouring authorities about partnerships and other opportunities.  A report on this would then be considered by Full Council.

Proposed - Cllr John Boughtflower
Seconded - Cllr Tom Fidler

Motion 4;

This Council recognises the importance of residents' interests in the future of its local government and will commit to informing residents about progress in relation to opportunities for the future structure of Local Government in Spelthorne. The Council should consider methods of measuring public opinion, along with the cost effectiveness of such options, including the use of a referendum as outlined in the Local Government Act 2000 (as amended by the Localism Act 2011).

Proposed - Cllr Tom Fidler
Seconded - Cllr Sandra Dunn

This Council voted unanimously to agree all motions. The meeting is still available to watch which you can do so here;

If you would like to share your views on these proposals by Surrey County Council please do so by emailing

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