Broxtowe Borough Councillor, Ian Tyler writes:
Nottinghamshire County Council
Difficult times for all councils.
The County Council continues to encourage the abolition of its borough councils as a cost saving measure.
Broxtowe Conservative councillors appear to support this measure.
Initially this may seem to some, a valid cost saving exercise. In practice this would be a validation of their policies “Bigger is better”. Local communities need to feel they have active proponents of their concerns: distancing their ability to influence decisions seems retrogressive. The current system has faults, it continues the idea of historical boundaries which do not take into account the changed economic generators in the East Midlands.
I’m open minded on alternatives but they need to be guided by a pragmatic approach. What is appropriate for rural Nottinghamshire may not be suitable for our City and suburban areas. The North of Nottinghamshire has more in common with Sheffield than Nottingham, the East perhaps more with Lincolnshire; the South, with the heart of industrial generation along the M1 corridor embracing Erewash, Broxtowe, Ashfield and Amber Valley. The proposition that Nottinghamshire County Council should be an overreaching Unitary Authority seems inappropriate.
We need a re-assessment of how best our local government should be altered to meet our changed criteria.