Cllr David Mellen, the newly apoointed leader of Nottingham City Council talks about his challenges in the role.
When asked whether he planned to reduce the council’s debt, which is currently over £1 billion, he said: “It’s common for councils to borrow money to invest in a variety of things so they can improve.
“We need to make sure that’s a manageable debt and one that brings with it tangible benefits.
“Clearly it’s a difficult time for local government and Nottingham has had far worse cuts than some of the shire counties in the south.
“That’s not fair. That’s something we need to challenge and campaign about, but it’s also something we need to manage.
“I think we need to manage what’s there, and make sure we’re as secure as we can be in terms of borrowing the appropriate amounts and investing so that we can bring about improvements to the city.”
The new leader, who represents the Dales ward after increasing his majority at the last election, won the leadership contest by 29 votes to 21.
He is expected to be officially confirmed as the new leader of the council on Monday, May 20.