Mansfield's Mayor disappointed in 'super-council' plans
Mayor Kate Allsop said she was not against change but any change that she did support must be in the best interests of Mansfield district residents.
Nottinghamshire County Council yesterday published detailed plans for how a new ‘super-council’ in Nottinghamshire would work.
The proposal, which has been put forward by the Conservative-led Nottinghamshire County Council, would involve scrapping seven district and borough councils, and the county council, and setting up one new authority for the whole of the county, outside the city.
Seven different options were initially considered, with some involving a North / South split, but now one single council has been chosen as the preferred outcome.
Councillor Kay Cutts, leader of the district council, has said that a unitary council would save £27 million per year.
Ms Allsop, however, has said that although saving money was important, the interests of the communities in the area should be at the heart of proposals.
“It’s a great concern that the county council is pressing ahead with the plans when less than 3,000 residents out of 817,851 who live in the county responded to the consultation and the majority who did were against the idea of replacing districts with a single unitary authority.
“Whilst saving money is important, it is not the only consideration and the interests of local communities should be at the heart of any proposal. Local government should be local to the people it serves and not miles away in West Bridgford, which is not easily accessible to our residents.
“I remain committed to working with the county council and alongside other district leaders to ensure that any change provides better services and meets the needs of Mansfield and its residents.”