BIG issues won’t go away with the name change.
Finance supremo Cllr Les Ford has pegged increases to a maximum of 3% - but still has the task of steering the council through the recession and he won’t know until later in the year how much cash he will inherit from the coffers of the abolished councils.
An ageing population means an increasing drain from adult and health services and there will also be difficult choices in education.
Subsidising bus services and the state of the roads are also issues.
It all adds up to a rough ride, economically and politically.
For now though, the new administration, which has brought in PR strategists from central government to help with the launch of the council, will be looking for stability in the two years leading up to the 2011 elections.