More councils to review identities

Ten more local councils are considering reviewing their identities after hearing that they have been recommended for unitary status (DW 31 March) in the latest review of local government in England.

The Local Government Commission mooted the formation of ten new unitary authorities in its final batch of recommendations.

The new expanded towns of Peterborough, Warrington, The Wrekin (Telford) and Halton (Runcorn and Widnes) are all in the running to become unitary authorities.

Peterborough council is hopeful that the recommendation will be approved. Says a council spokeswoman: “We would look at redefining our image” prior to the shadow elections in May 1996.

In the Thames Gateway area of north Kent the mergers of Dartford with Gravesham and Rochester upon Medway with Gillingham have been drafted.

A spokesman for Rochester council says consultancies may be invited to pitch to design the new unitary authority’s identity. Thurrock council, which has an in-house graphic designer, may also organise a pitch if it decides to change its logo.

Northampton, Blackpool and Blackburn have also been recommended for unitary status. The consultation period ends on 8 November.

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