West Bridgford and Hucknall would also be included under new plans to expand the city boundaries.
It was announced yesterday (Monday, September 10) that a ‘case for change’ is being drawn up – essentially a business plan which could then be sent to the Government.
The leader of the city council, Labour’s Jon Collins, said it was in response to a plan being drawn up by the county council to scrap district and borough councils and create a new ‘super council’ for Nottinghamshire.
Councillor Collins said as the county’s plan was going ahead, his council was drawing up its own plans, which it would submit to the Government if the county council’s plan was submitted.
The Government would likely have the final say on whether either, or both schemes were approved. It is also possible that both would be rejected.
But council bosses in areas which Councillor Collins hopes to expand to have pledged to ‘fight’ and ‘battle hard for our existence’.
Councillor Collins, who represents the St Ann’s ward for Labour, said he was reluctant to go down the route of local government reorganisation, having been through it 20 years ago.
But he said the city council needed to ‘be part of the debate’ about re-organisation after the county council’s move.
Speaking at a full council meeting yesterday, he said: “Nottinghamshire County Council has decided to argue for local government reorganisation, and consequently we will need to be a part of that debate too.
“If the county puts proposals to ministers for unitary local government outside the city, we will respond with our own views of where Nottingham’s county council boundaries should be, so that they better reflect the reality of our urban area.
“In reality we believe those boundaries should include many of the areas mentioned in the question (which had been asked in the meeting about expanding the city.)
“For example, any neutral observer would take the view that Arnold, Carlton, Beeston Hucknall, West Bridgford and Stapleford to name but a few, are all in reality a part of Nottingham, and our proposals will seek to reflect that.
“And as the county develops its business plan for the options it wishes to put to government, I can assure you that similar effort and resources are being put into the development of our case for change too.
“Nottingham is a growing, successful and increasingly influential city, and we should not lose sight of that.”
Leader of Gedling Borough Council, Cllr John Clarke remains opposed to both the super council plan and the planned expansion of the city.
He said: “It’s disappointing, but while they play their political games, we’ll keep doing an outstanding job for our residents.
“We’ve got a job to do, and we will continue to serve people, but we will battle hard for our existence, because that’s what the people of Gedling want.”
“The vast majority of people in Gedling want to remain as a borough, because they are proud of being from here. It’s their home.”
The county council will meet tomorrow (Wednesday) to discuss the unitary plan. It is expected to approve spending £250,000 to put together its own business plan.