People in Gedling borough are being given the chance to have their say on plans to create a ‘super council’ across Nottinghamshire.
An informal consultation was launched today (3) by Nottinghamshire County Council, who wants residents, businesses and councils to share their views on future plans for the local government in Nottinghamshire.
The council have said that this isn’t a formal consultation, but they are now seeking the views of local people “as they will help to shape any potential future plans for restructuring in the future.”
Councillors will consider responses to this first phase of public engagement alongside a raft of other evidence at the the Full Council meeting on December 13, when they will decide whether or not to pursue plans for a unitary council — which the Council would then formally consult the public on next year.
Councillor Kay Cutts, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “Local government in Nottinghamshire is at a crossroads.
“Due to significant reductions in the funding we receive to provide services and continually increasing demand for our social care services, we are facing the prospect of huge cuts to frontline services and increasing council tax, year-on-year, unless there is a fundamental change in the way we operate.[irp]
“Since 2010 – under different political leaderships – the Council has saved over £270m in running costs, yet we still face a budget gap of £54m. We have exhausted all the options available to make the cost reductions we need without significantly impacting local people and reorganisation of local government in the county appears to be the only alternative.
She added: “Local government services impact every one of us, every day of our lives, so this is a very important debate. I would urge everyone to read the Future Nottinghamshire document and let us know their views.”
The public engagement work is being carried out by independent social research company, ORS.
The first phase of the public engagement work taking place this month will include:
- An online survey at www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/futurenotts
- Focus groups with members of the public from across the county
- Meetings with district councils, parish councils, businesses and the voluntary sector
Further details, including the Future Nottinghamshire public engagement document which contains comprehensive background information, are available from all 60 Nottinghamshire libraries or online at www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/futurenotts
The survey closes on Wednesday, October 31.