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MADAM - Once again, we are being touted to give our views on the future form of local government in Devon. The EDDC assures us, in its energetic campaign, that the present integrated system of district councils is the best.

MADAM - Once again, we are being touted to give our views on the future form of local government in Devon.

The EDDC assures us, in its energetic campaign, that the present integrated system of district councils is the best. It is sensitive to local opinion (even on planning?), which one can believe and is more efficient and cost effective. That may well be so; anyway, better the devil you know. The trouble is that the case for the other option is so muted as to be inaudible; we hear only one side of the argument.

Those at the Knowle, who seek to persuade us of the merits of the existing system, presumably have a vested interest in preserving the status quo. A shake up in jobs is uncomfortable and one can sympathise with their concern. But are they able to justify using ratepayers' money to campaign?

Ken Bridgman

Martlets

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