The sooner the better, most of the current bunch are incompetent.
Carlisle City are fair to could do allot better.
CCC are worse than useless.
They are so tied up to policy and procedures, rules and working practices they can no longer function.
There are no business Managers, giving a Civil Servant access to the public purse, is like giving a Monkey a gun !!
Cumbria Police, CCC and Carlisle City have wasted tens of millions of rate payers money on ill advised Court actions, Litigation and Disciplinary Hearings, what a waste of our money that should be used on our services. Goodness knows what the rest of the Cumbria Councils have pxxxxed away on meaningless crusades.
Let’s hope the new Workington stadium gets built before this happens as it’ll no doubt get knocked on the head under a county authority. May make A better case for Carlisle getting one as well down the line.
Be a tough slog to get this through...been tried /mooted before...all districts will be looking after their own interests...aka jobs !! If we just did away with CCC and left it to the districts that might work!
To me it makes sense to merge Copeland and Allerdale and possibly Barrow to have a West Cumbria unitary authority and to make the rest of Cumbria a unitary authority in its own right. Then it would be consistent with Northumberland and County Durham with Hartlepool and Darlington all unitary authorities.
Carlisle’s proposal outlines the Council’s vision for local government in the county, which includes adopting a two unitary model incorporating Eden, Carlisle and Allerdale in the North of the county and South Lakes, Barrow and Copeland in the South.
For Cumbria I have decided to implement, subject to Parliamentary approval, the proposal for two unitary councils - an East unitary council covering the existing areas of Barrow, Eden and South Lakeland and a West unitary council covering the existing areas of Allerdale, Carlisle and Copeland. I considered that this proposal met all three of the criteria.
I also considered that the proposal for a single unitary council for the whole of Cumbria also met all three of the criteria. However, having regard to the size and geography of Cumbria, including the geographic barriers of lakes and mountains, and the rurality of its population, I have decided that it would be more appropriate to implement the East West unitary proposal, allowing for more localised decision making, which could be important given the geography of Cumbria.
I have decided not to implement the proposal for two unitary councils – one council comprising the existing areas of Barrow, South Lakeland and Lancaster City and the other council comprising the existing areas of Allerdale, Carlisle, Copeland and Eden. I considered that this proposal did not meet the improving local government and service delivery and credible geography criteria. I have also decided not to implement the proposal for two unitary councils – one council comprising the existing areas of Allerdale, Carlisle and Eden and the other council comprising the existing areas of Barrow, Copeland and South Lakeland. I considered that this proposal did not meet the credible geography criterion.
If it was really about 'geographic' connectivity you'd stick all the authorities joined by the M6 together - Carlisle, Eden, South Lakeland - and call it Posh Cumbria. The other 3 are joined by the farm track that is the A595 and could be called Chernobyl - everyone's happy