District leaders have remained tight-lipped over whether they plan to lodge a legal challenge against the approval of a ‘super council’ for Bucks.

Last week secretary of state, James Brokenshire, gave the green light to Bucks County Council proposals to replace the main councils with a unitary authority.

The news came as a blow to district councils who campaigned for two unitary authorities in the county – and have previously said they will consider legal action if BCC’s plans were given the nod.

However when asked if they would be lodging a legal challenge, the leaders of Chiltern, South Bucks, Wycombe and Aylesbury Vale district councils said they are “considering” their position and a full update will be provided soon.

In a joint statement the leaders said: “We are currently considering our position, seeking further advice and reviewing the options available to us.

“Meetings with government ministers and civil servants are scheduled to take place in coming weeks.

“We’ll share further information and updates as those conversations evolve and decisions are made.

“It is important to note that in his statement, the secretary of state talks about the creation of a ‘new single unitary district council’ which means that we will not be continuing with either the county council or the four district councils.

“This would give us the opportunity to collectively create a completely new authority with new structures, processes and a most importantly, a new culture.”

In April the district councils agreed to spend tens of thousands of pounds on taking part in the government’s consultation on ‘super council’ plans, including potentially lodging a legal challenge against the move.

Last week district chiefs said they were “disappointed” by the government’s decision and said they would be “seeking further advice” as they “firmly believe” two unitary authorities is the best option for the county.

The new council would replace the county council and four district councils.

Services which are currently divided by the district and county councils, such as bin collections, waste disposal and planning will be brought together under one unitary council.