'Abolishing district councils to create a new authority is not the only way' says Mansfield Mayor

Mayor Kate Allsop has said she is yet to be convinced a new authority will work.
Mayor Kate Allsop has said she is yet to be convinced a new authority will work.

The Mayor of Mansfield has said that the district should preserve services for the community as the leader of Nottinghamshire County Council calls for the abolishment of district councils.

Councillor Kay Cutts leader of the county council is working on two projects: to create a unitary authority in Nottinghamshire by abolishing district and borough councils; and creating a ‘super council’ with four counties and three cities in the East Midlands.

She said her reasoning for this is that the council needs to save £54 million and if it is not found services will have to be shut down.

Mayor Kate Allsop has said she is yet to be convinced a new authority will work.

She sad: "I agree with Coun Cutts that the pubic sector have been subjected to unprecedented cuts and this presents leaders with the challenge of how we continue to deliver the best we can for our district and communities.

"I disagree with Coun Cutts that the only way to do this is either increasing council tax , reducing services or pooling resources through the Unitary model.

"My focus is always what is in the best interest of Mansfield and I will continue to prioritise this with my belief that first and foremost we should preserve those services that are of most importance to our community and we can and should find savings through transformation of services to achieve this .

"We are doing this in Mansfield to realise the savings we need and we are achieving this at the same time as working with our other partners to assist them and achieve better results ; one example of this is the Hospital Discharge scheme where the Council is assisting Health and Social Care to deliver better outcomes and reduce hospital stays.

"I will always consider and work with other stakeholders to improve the offer to Mansfield residents but I will speak against anything where the value for Mansfield isn’t demonstrated, I am yet to be convinced that pursuing a unitary authority is nothing more that a mechanism in which the County Council is able to pursue its own agenda and maintain its own autonomy at the detriment of communities such as Mansfield."