The District and County councils will be replaced by just one Buckinghamshire council with 147 councillors on April 1st 2020. Parish and town councils remain but with more devolved responsibilities and budgets.
This offers opportunities and risks. How will the new council take advantage of economies of scale? Who will scrutinise the decisions?
For residents, the upside of this is having just one council responsible for the main local services, unlike the current system. It will bring together collecting the waste, for managing the waste: also parking restrictions, enforcement and car parks.
Infrastructure and housing development come together though the new councillors, with local planning decisions in the hands of local councillors, who also control the community committees and budgets.
The Liberal Democrats are on the whole pleased with this rationalisation and look forward to the first unitary elections in May 2020. We believe that a strong alternative voice will be required across the county to avoid over centralisation in Aylesbury.
Just like the Westminster party, the local Tories are in disarray. The local party is so split that it failed to support a motion of confidence in their MP, who has shown remarkable courage in putting principle and country first.
The Tory District councillors have spent tax payers' money challenging their county colleagues on how to manage the transition to the new council. This vital project affects all our future local services and demands full engagement from all councillors at all levels.