A plan to abolish district and borough councils has taken a step forward after £270,000 in funding was approved to draw up a business plan.
It would see the creation of a new unitary council for the whole of the county.
It comes after Nottingham City Council announced it was drawing up its own business plan to expand the borders into West Bridgford, Arnold, Hucknall and Stapleford.
The £270,000 which was approved today will be spent on legal advice for the county council’s detailed plan, as well as on consultation ahead of the final proposal.
There will then be a final vote on the scheme shortly after the local elections for district and borough councils in May next year.
In a meeting at County Hall today, the council leader Kay Cutts, who represents the Radcliffe-on-Trent ward for the Conservatives, denied that the plan was being drawn up ‘in secret’ and said that the council was forced to find savings one way or another.
She said if the super council – also known as a unitary authority – did not go ahead, then the council would be forced to cut services in order to make £54 million in savings over the next four years.