Ashfield Independents table motion to scrap 'super council' plans for Nottinghamshire
The Ashfield Independents group on Nottinghamshire County Council is wasting no time in trying to secure the future of Ashfield District Council and the county’s six other borough and district authorities.
Party leaders have tabled a motion for the first full council meeting on May 27 calling for a guarantee that the authority has no intention of becoming a huge ‘super council’.
The debate has dominated local politics over the previous four years and the Independents led the opposition claiming decisions are better made as close to the communities they impact.
They even embarked on a five-hour, early-morning walk from Ashfield District Council’s offices to County Hall in 2018 to illustrate the remoteness of West Bridgford where the county council is based.
Now they have submitted the motion to bring an end to the debate.
Coun Jason Zadrozny, district council leader and leader of the Ashfield Independents at the county council, said: “As we recover from Covid – it’s critical that we concentrate on recovery and not get bogged down in a local government reorganisation that nobody asked for.
“During the pandemic, councils like Ashfield and Broxtowe worked hand in hand with the county council and other key partners like the NHS.
"People value local services, delivered by local people.
"The bigger a council, the less local and effective it becomes.
"I am pleased that new county council leader Ben Bradley seems to be distancing himself from scrapping borough and district councils.
"We are calling for the Conservatives at County Hall to make it official – this is their chance to do it.”