The Independent Group on Notts County Council is trying to secure the future of Ashfield District Council and the six other Borough and District Councils.
On Thursday, 27th May, at the first Full Council meeting of the new administration – they have tabled a motion calling for a guarantee that Nottinghamshire County Council has no intention of becoming a huge ‘Super Council’
The debate has dominated local politics over the previous 4 years.
The Ashfield Independents led the opposition claiming that decisions are best made as close to the communities they impact.
They embarked on a 5-hour walk from the offices of their local Council at 4am to West Bridgford in 2018 to illustrate the ‘remoteness of West Bridgford’.
Now they have submitted a motion to the County Council aimed at stopping the debate once and for all.
Ashfield District Council leader Jason Zadrozny is also leader of the Independent Group on Nottinghamshire County Council. His group hold every seat in the Ashfield District as well as a seat in Brinsley, Greasley and Watnall.
Jason said, “As we recover from Covid – it’s critical that we concentrate on recovery and not get bogged down in a Local Government Reorganisation that nobody asked for.
“During the pandemic, Councils like Ashfield and Broxtowe worked hand in hand with the County Council and other key partners like the NHS. People value local services, delivered by local people.
“The bigger a Council, the less local and effective it becomes. I am pleased that new County Council Leader Ben Bradley seems to be distancing himself from scrapping Borough and District Councils. We are calling for the Conservatives at County Hall to make it official – this is their chance to do it.”
Councillor Lee Waters, the new County Councillor for Hucknall South is seconding the motion. He said, “One of the biggest worries for local people in Hucknall was the idea that they would be swallowed up by Labour-run Nottingham City Council.
“Their leader has never denied his ambition is to take over Hucknall. The reality is that residents in Hucknall don’t want their Council Tax being used to pay off Nottingham City’s £1billion debt. Our motion will end all speculation once and for all.”