There have been several incidents at Broxtowe Borough Council – including serious breaches of data protection legislation and the cover-up of alleged abuse of refugee & asylum seeking people by councillors.
However these temporary stains on the council should not tarnish what is a fundamental part of our democracy and of local decision making. This power-grab should be opposed by the people of Broxtowe, all of whom stand to lose from this.
Labour Candidate for Beeston North
On the 12th July, Nottinghamshire County Council will be asked to vote on a motion calling for the abolition of local councils in favour of centralising power into the county council. This would result in the closure of Broxtowe Borough Council. Not only will this result in substantial job losses for employees at the council, but it removes an essential layer of our democratic system. This will make it harder to contact your elected councillor, and will mean that decisions that effect Broxtowe are made by people as far away as Newark.
This is, quite simply, a power-grab. Once Broxtowe Council is gone, it is gone. Whatever your feelings about the council, about the people that run it, or the councillors elected to it, we have to decide whether we want to lose our local democracy and our local voice in favour of a centralised all-powerful Nottinghamshire Council.
What needs to happen next? We need to put pressure on our elected representatives at Nottinghamshire County Council to vote against the motion to abolish local councils. We need to demonstrate that, although we might disagree with the direction our council is going, we fundamentally believe in local democracy made by and for local people.
You may sign the petition by clicking here.