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Council welcomes end to Cotswold unitary bid


Confirmation that Cotswold District Council will not be joining with Oxfordshire has been welcomed by Gloucestershire County Council.

A study, commissioned by the district council, found that the proposal to join the Cotswolds with West Oxfordshire was unfeasible

It found that the overwhelming opposition to the plans was a major factor in the proposal not being workable.

Today, Cotswold District Council has confirmed that it will be dropping the plans.

In response to the news, Cllr Mark Hawthorne, Leader of Gloucestershire County Council, said: "This is good news for the Cotswolds and good news for Gloucestershire.

"It's great that Cotswold District Council recognises that the best deal for its residents is as part of Gloucestershire.

"We've been clear from the beginning that plans to cut up the county would push up costs for all taxpayers, and jeopardise services that people depend on.

"I look forward to Cotswold playing a full part in our campaign to get a great devolution deal for all of Gloucestershire, and I'm happy to see what I can do to help Cotswold District Council engage more effectively with the county's LEP going forward."

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