LINCOLNSHIRE County Council has dropped plans for a referendum on moving to a unitary system of local government after opposition from district councils.
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So, farewell our Eric. It's finally all over at DCLG for the man who, to Pickleswatch, will always be known simply as the Chief.
Now, we're is going to stick our neck out and surmise that Eric provoked vigorous reactions in all he encountered during a turbulent five years making local government take its medicine from Whitehall. To say he hated you lot and you hated him right back might be a touch vinegary - but, let's face it, whatever you thought of the Pickles regime, he wasn't going to change for you or anybody else.