Nottingham City Council: Plan drawn up to oppose Notts ‘Super Council’ with extended city boundaries

Loxley House Nottingham City Council
Loxley House Nottingham City Council © westbridgfordwire.com

A detailed plan to expand the boundaries of the city is currently being put together by Nottingham City Council.

It would involve enlarging the city’s boundaries to include areas including Stapleford, Gedling, Arnold, West Bridgford and Hucknall.

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It was announced yesterday (Monday, September 10) that a ‘case for change’ is being drawn up – essentially a business plan which could then be sent to the Government.

The leader of the city council, Labour’s Jon Collins, said it was in response to a plan being drawn up by the county council to scrap district and borough councils and create a new ‘super council’ for Nottinghamshire.

Councillor Collins said as the county’s plan was going ahead, his council was drawing up its own plans, which it would submit to the Government if the county council’s plan was submitted.

The Government would likely have the final say on whether either, or both schemes were approved. It is also possible that both would be rejected.

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But council bosses in areas which Councillor Collins hopes to expand to have pledged to ‘fight’ and ‘battle hard for our existence’.

Councillor Collins, who represents the St Ann’s ward for Labour, said he was reluctant to go down the route of local government reorganisation, having been through it 20 years ago.

But he said the city council needed to ‘be part of the debate’ about re-organisation after the county council’s move.

Speaking at a full council meeting yesterday, he said: “Nottinghamshire County Council has decided to argue for local government reorganisation, and consequently we will need to be a part of that debate too.

“If the county puts proposals to ministers for unitary local government outside the city, we will respond with our own views of where Nottingham’s county council boundaries should be, so that they better reflect the reality of our urban area.

“In reality we believe those boundaries should include many of the areas mentioned in the question (which had been asked in the meeting about expanding the city.)

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“For example, any neutral observer would take the view that Arnold, Carlton, Beeston Hucknall, West Bridgford and Stapleford to name but a few, are all in reality a part of Nottingham, and our proposals will seek to reflect that.

“And as the county develops its business plan for the options it wishes to put to government, I can assure you that similar effort and resources are being put into the development of our case for change too.

“Nottingham is a growing, successful and increasingly influential city, and we should not lose sight of that.”