John Cockcroft writes; I read with interest the stirrings of change in the proposed boundaries of Districts, County and City. I have long been amazed at the silly constricted boundaries of Nottingham and the fact that I am cut off from the City that I live in and have no say in how it is run. Even if Beeston, West Bridgford and Arnold were in the city they could still have considerable local say and influence but could also benefit from being within a large and powerful city that actually reflects the fact that they are suburbs of greater Nottingham.
The County now wants to de-democratise the whole of its nebulous area, and leave our City isolated in a dead and uninspired slab of land with no reason for its existence other than it was a medieval hunting forest. It is the County that should be dispersed and dissolved, not the meaningful smaller towns and the great City of Nottingham.
I attach a piece I drafted ages ago about this and recently refined giving some ideas about why Nottingham needs to get together and fight its corner in a more competitive national context.