Norwich City Council, it has been reported, has spent £27,000 on working out that just 41% want Norwich to have unitary status.
However, the leader of Norwich City Council, Cllr Stephen Morphew is pleased with this response and has said he was encouraged by the findings. Quite why he is pleased is unknown, as surely 41% is hardly a ringing endorsement.
Norfolk County Council is apparently now set to follow this with a further £30,000 to be spent on encouraging people not to support unitary status.
I work in the city, there is no outcry from people I know who live in the city demanding that they have unitary status, so why cant all the council just get together and use this cash to reduce council tax or improve services ?
I could be political and say what do you expect from Labour and Tory Councils, though I guess there may be similar problems elsewhere with Lib Dems councils, indeed the Lib Dems in Norwich have in the past pushed for unitary status and may well have spent money on this project too. I hope they have finally seen the light and realised there are better things to spend money on.
Thankfully this is not a problem for Lib Dem run North Norfolk who have wasted no money on arguing for unitary status.