“Democracy has triumphed over delay” is the response of Cornish MPs to reports that Local Government Minister John Healey is set to confirm the election date for the new Cornwall Council as 4th June 2009 (rather than delay to October).
The Cornish MPs say that “this decision will make sure that the new council is shaped by councillors and elected by the people in its first crucial months, not run by unelected caretakers”.
The team of Cornish MPs wrote to the Local Government Minister John Healey on 29th January 2009 setting out their view that the new Council should be elected at the earliest opportunity, with 123 councillors serving a four year term. Where Parish Councils or others have requested uncontroversial changes to the draft boundaries, these should be implemented before June 4th, and the MPs have pressed the Local Government Minister to guarantee resources are available to ensure this happens.
Full story on Julia Goldsworthy’s website here.