Have a say on plans for a combined Nottinghamshire council

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A public consultation has been launched after council leaders announced proposals to bring councils throughout the region together.

Both leaders of the council, along with seven local borough and district council, have recommended to bring the two authoroties together in what is being billed as the ‘biggest change to local government in a generation’.

The ‘N2 Combined Authority’ would make long-term strategic decisions on major issues which are ‘vital to the economic prosperity of the region including regeneration, economic development and transport, with additional powers devolved from central Government in return for the promise enhanced delivery and efficiency’.

Although it would effectively be a new body, it would not replace the existing authorities and any costs would be met within existing budgets.

Combined authorties have already been established in Greater Manchester, the Liverpool and Sheffield City regions.

The proposal still has to be formally approved by each for the councils involved before being submitted to the Government for consideration.

District councils in Mansfield, Ashfield, Newark and Sherwood, Bassetlaw, plus the borough councils of Broxtowe, Gedling and Rushcliffe have offered their support.

A spokesman said: “Following the independence referendum in Scotland, and promises of greater devolution to Scotland, the issue of devolution to local areas became more prominent.”

Log on to gossweb.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/survey/N2CombinedAuthorityhys/ to have a say.

The closing date for the consultation is 6th February.