Luke Hall MP, the Minister for Regional Growth and Local Government has confirmed that Conservative-led Nottinghamshire County Council’s bid to scrap councils like Ashfield, Broxtowe and Mansfield has FAILED. In a ‘tweet’ – Mr Hall confirmed that Cumbria, North Yorkshire and Somerset will be invited to ‘…submit locally-led proposals for how they want to restructure local government in their area to establish unitary local government.’ Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, Cllr. Mrs Kay Cutts has confirmed she won’t seek re-election in May next year. She withdrew her candidacy at a selection meeting where she was being challenged by another councillor.
This will mean that those staff at Broxtowe Council who have been working their socks off during the pandemic, will have the threat of redundancy lifted.
Bramcote & Beeston North County Councillor Steve Carr commented, “At a time when Nottinghamshire County Council should be concentrating on putting people first – they have shown an disregard for local people. By pursuing an ideological power grab at the expense of helping residents – the conservatives have shown breath-taking arrogance. Cllr Cutts has paid the price for this idiotic policy and Conservative County Councillors in Broxtowe will be worrying about their positions given their slavish acceptance of a very unpopular policy.”