"On 22 February, the County Council’s Executive committee considered all the responses to the public consultation and decided to proceed with the next step of the proposal, which is to publish statutory proposals. This statutory notice gives details about these proposals, and provides a further four weeks for representations to be made, by 31 March. A final decision will be made by the County Council’s Executive in April, and if agreed, the amalgamation would begin from 1 September 2022."