The historic county of Gloucestershire has existed for 1,000 years and the Cotswolds is an integral part.

Our residents and businesses have a strong affection for our fantastic county and are proud to live and work in Gloucestershire.

Public services and outcomes for local people work best when boundaries align. Gloucestershire public services are already working together. Our geography and structures already match. At the moment we have fantastic alignment of the county boundary with our seven councils, our health and social care services, our Constabulary and its police and crime commissioner, a single local enterprise partnership, all of which benefit Gloucestershire residents.

The aspiration of our devolution bid ‘We are Gloucestershire’ – which we continue to support – is to work ever closer on issues such as integration of health and social care services, children’s safeguarding, investing in our roads and promoting economic growth. The possible loss of Cotswold District would be a step in the opposite direction.

We all remain committed to retaining Gloucestershire as the place that we live, work and do business, including the Cotswolds which is so much part of our historic county.