Speaking at East End Village Hall at the AGM of East Woodhay Parish Council, Sir George said he preferred to empower parish councils, rather than set up unwanted Regional Assemblies.
"Parish Councils have to raise a far higher proportion of their expenditure from residents through taxation than any other local government body. That means they are more accountable; they are also by their nature close to the people they represent. Far better to build on these strengths than establish remote and expensive new bureaucracies, based on regions no one identified with."
Sir George said he favoured giving parish councils more entitlements, for example to be consulted on district plans; and giving them the option to fund "parish constables" if they wanted to.