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LDC to be run by EBC

On 28 Apr 2016 at 7:44am Pariah wrote:
Lewborne is nigh!
A little birdy tells me that staff at lewes council have started to be told that Eastbourne will be the employer following the merger. One wonders when the people of lewes were to be told of this?
On 28 Apr 2016 at 11:48am trooper wrote:
What merger ???
On 28 Apr 2016 at 4:44pm Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
I thought it was only the central services: finance, legal, office services etc, that were going to be jointly run. That was a year or two ago though, so maybe their plans have changed.
In any event, Lewes District Council will remain the body responsible for all the statutory functions and it won't cease to exist. That would require an act of parliament.
On 28 Apr 2016 at 7:12pm Fairmeadow wrote:
First they merge the officer teams. This saves money, so is popular.
Then the officers get fed up with servicing two lots of councillors, two lots of council meetings, etc, and suggest a full merger. That could be quite popular in Seaford, the District's largest town, already part of Eastbourne for some other purposes, e.g. Health administration and the Local Housing Allowance. Might not be popular with Peacehaven and Telscombe, that are obviously really suburbs of Brighton, and would be likely to prefer going that way instead. Newhaven, with all its new houses, would probably also favour Brighton rather than Eastbourne.
That leaves Lewes and the northern villages. Too small to be independent. Four options. Join Eastbourne. Join Brighton as a new suburb. Join rural basket cases, in planning terms, i.e. Wealden and Mid-Sussex. Under any option, become the outlying area no one cares about and that gets dumped on.
On 28 Apr 2016 at 9:08pm Mavis wrote:
Maybe join Brighton so the bus fares become realistic again !
On 28 Apr 2016 at 9:34pm LDC is NFG wrote:
On 28 Apr 2016 at 10:10pm arthur wrote:
Greater Brighton is a better choice.
On 29 Apr 2016 at 7:38pm Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
Local government structures are laid down by parliament, councils can't merge just because they want to!
On 29 Apr 2016 at 9:53pm Old Malling wrote:
Having all of these small councils with their own central services makes no sense. EBC have been taking the lead on services for other authorities for ages now - let's hope that it keeps the costs down for us tax payers!
On 30 Apr 2016 at 8:13am Sussex Jim wrote:
The County Town merging with Skidrow on sea? Never!

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