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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Media requests access to closed Super Council meeting

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A letter has been submitted to the leader and chief executive of Nottinghamshire County Council, asking for permission for the media to report from the upcoming ‘super council’ meeting, which is currently set to be held behind closed doors.

The council is working on a plan which could see all the district and borough councils abolished and a new council set up.

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As the plan is being drawn up, the Conservative-led council is holding several cross-party meetings to keep councillors informed.

The media asked to attend the first of these meetings, but the request was denied and it was held behind closed doors.

Documents leaked to the media revealed that during the first meeting seven different options were discussed for the future of the councils.

Now, ahead of the second meeting of the group on Tuesday, September 25, the media has again asked for permission to attend and report from the meeting.

The letter has been sent to council leader Kay Cutts, who represents the Radcliffe-on-Trent ward for the Conservatives, and the chief executive Anthony May.

It argues that holding the meeting in public is in the interests of openness and transparency, and that it is in the public interest because of the significant implications of the ‘super council’ decision.

The meeting is being held on Tuesday morning. No response has yet been received.

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