Mansfield Mayor Responds To County Council's Proposals
Mansfield’s Executive Mayor says she is disappointed that Nottinghamshire County Council’s business case for changing the structure of local government doesn’t consider all available options.
Mayor Kate Allsop said she was not against change but any change that she did support must be in the best interests of Mansfield district residents.
She said: “I am not convinced that the county council’s preferred option of creating a single unitary ‘super council’ is best for our local communities. I hope that the county council will decide further work is required when it considers the business case report on 13 December.
“It’s a great concern that the county council is pressing ahead with the plans when less than 3,000 residents out of 817,851 who live in the county responded to the consultation and the majority who did were against the idea of replacing districts with a single unitary authority.
“It is clear that a key driving force behind these plans is the fact that the county council is facing significant financial challenges. We recognise that and would encourage them to save money by sharing services with other councils as we already do here in Mansfield.
“Whilst saving money is important, it is not the only consideration and the interests of local communities should be at the heart of any proposal. Local government should be local to the people it serves and not miles away in West Bridgford, which is not easily accessible to our residents.
“We have grave concerns about what the proposal would mean for the future of some of our greatest assets. What would happen to our Museum and Palace Theatre, our parks and open spaces, or our award-winning ASSIST service, which supports our most vulnerable residents? We provide many other services above and beyond the statutory minimum, including our Community Safety team.
“I remain committed to working with the county council and alongside other district leaders to ensure that any change provides better services and meets the needs of Mansfield and its residents.”
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