“Consultation has specific legal meanings, with set requirements for public consultation,” Fairey commented. She further noted that the process is still in its early stages and comprehensive discussions with local boards haven’t been held.
Having served on a local board for 12 years, Fairey acknowledges the need to reevaluate their structure. She emphasised that any potential changes should aim to bolster local democracy. She expressed the importance of public consultation on the matter but remains unconvinced about the need for change at this stage.