Plans that would see Gedling Borough Council abolished set to go to vote this Thursday

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Plans that could lead to the abolishment of Gedling Borough Council are set to go to a vote this Thursday.

If approved, it will be the first formal step in a process which would see all district and borough councils dissolved.

At Nottinghamshire County Council, the ruling Conservative Party is in an informal coalition with the Mansfield Independents, and only has a slim majority.

The vote comes after the leaders and chief executives of the seven district and borough councils met today (July 9) to discuss the plans.

Supporters of the proposed change – known as a unitary council – say it would save taxpayers money by removing duplication.

However opponents say it would be bad for democracy, and would remove local decision making.

The vote, which will be taken at a full council meeting on Thursday (July 12) is expected to be close.

At least two councillors from the ruling coalition are understood to be considering voting against the plan.

Since 2017, the Conservatives have run the authority in partnership with the Mansfield Independents. Together they have an overall majority of just two councillors.

PICTURED:  Cllr Kay Cutts

Labour makes up the second-largest group, and is expected to vote against the proposal.

To win, and to progress with the plan, Conservative leader Councillor Kay Cutts is likely to need the support of the Mansfield Independent Group.

The four Mansfield Independent councillors are set to meet tonight to discuss the plans.

However they are not ‘whipped’, meaning each councillor is free to decide for themselves how to vote.

Their leader, Stephen Garner, would not be drawn on which way he would vote, but has previously said he supports unitary authorities.

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He said he was “90 percent sure” how he was going to vote, but was waiting to listen to arguments from both sides before deciding.

He declined to comment further.

Nottinghamshire County Council also declined to comment ahead of the upcoming meeting.

Councillor Kay Cutts, who represents the  Radcliffe-on-Trent Ward, and is the council leader, has previously said she “wants to get on with” the plan to create a unitary authority.

Councillor John Clarke, leader of Gedling Borough Council, said he was against the proposals.

He said: “I’m against the unitary authority because I think it’s much too big. We will resist any such take over.

“If I thought it was a good thing for the people of Gedling then I would go for it, but we’re doing some good stuff as a small authority and I want to keep working on that.”

As well as the plan to create a unitary authority, county council bosses are also working on a seperate scheme to bring together other authorities in the East Midlands to work more closely.

2 Comments

  1. Lets hope not, unitary authorities are poor at representing local needs, they spend too much time on the so called big picture items that serve the needs of the few not the locals. Please if you are an independent dont fall for the blandishments of the tory party, remember how they treated the lib dems!

  2. Tory w*nk*rs. Noone wants this. Arnold has its problems but we have great fasilities and this is down to GBC. Why would I want to pay council taxes to make West Bridgeford even nicer? Reject this. Cutts is an apt name LOL

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