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DoI Minister welcomes Rushen/Arbory merger proposal

Part of 'organic' process, says Harmer

The infrastructure minister has welcomed the proposition of a possible merger between two local authorities.

Arbory and Rushen Commissioners have written to ratepayers requesting their views on a possible amalgamation.

Options include either an administrative merger, or a full union to create a new authority - you can listen to representatives of both sets of commissioners here.

Ray Harmer is pleased the authorities are working together to improve the delivery of services, and says it forms part of the'organic' modernisation of local authorities.

The Department of Infrastructure undertook a review of the the transition process last year - you can read that report here.

The minister supports commissioners deciding their own futures, and believes forcing change from the top down isn't an effective strategy.

He spoke to Local Democracy Reporter Ewan Gawne:

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