NEW FOREST SHOULD BE RUN BY NEW FOREST RESIDENTS…

New Forest Should Be Run By New Forest Residents...
New Forest Should Be Run By New Forest Residents...

NEW FOREST SHOULD BE RUN BY NEW FOREST RESIDENTS

There has been a very strong reaction to the news that Government and local Conservative Councillors are talking up plans for a new "Super Council" to replace New Forest District Council.

It's not clear yet whether the government plans will lead to an enhanced Hampshire County Council or a "Greater Southampton City Council", but neither idea seems popular locally.

I am getting a regular e-mails from people who have read about the plans, strongly opposed to the idea that Southampton "takes over" governance of New Forest residents.

Tory Councillor, Fran Carpenter told Hampshire County Council last week that she favoured Councils merging because it would lead to "greater efficiencies". However, she was opposed to the other government plan to introduce a Mayor for the new regional set up.

My own view is that the New Forest District is best run by the people that live in the area. I will resist any such moves. It takes away democratic control and accountability. You just have to see how "out of touch" the one Police & Crime Commissioner for Hampshire is to understand that remote politicians are bad news.


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