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Gloucestershire Police and Crime Panel call for rethink of Cotswold plans


The county's Police and Crime Panel has unanimously urged Cotswold District Council (CDC) to rethink their recent announcement about joining West Oxfordshire District Council.

The Police and Crime Panel is a joint body of the local authorities served by Gloucestershire Police, and maintains a regular check and balance on the performance of the Police and Crime Commissioner

During the meeting, concerns were raised over the potential for there to be a negative impact on policing in Gloucestershire as a result of CDC forming a unitary council with West Oxfordshire District Council.

In the absence of representatives from CDC, the remaining members on the panel unanimously agreed to register these concerns with CDC.

Cllr Roger Wilson, chairman of the Police and Crime Panel, said: "The panel wishes to express its concern regarding the implications of the proposed separation of Cotswold District Council (CDC) from Gloucestershire County Council by the creation of a new unitary authority with West Oxfordshire District Council.

"The proposal by the leadership of CDC will not only undermine the 'We are Gloucestershire' devolution bid, which is supported by both Gloucestershire Constabulary and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, but will also affect the joint working between all the blue light services in the county. It has the potential to undermine partnership working on a range of important issues, from child protection, to road safety and trading standards operations.

"The panel urges CDC to take into account these concerns when coming to its decision as to whether to take its proposal forward."

This follows the county's Health and Overview Scrutiny Committee registering its own concerns about the impact this change would have on health care provision in Gloucestershire.

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