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One council for Nottinghamshire: 3,000 Notts residents respond to public engagement exercise


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The first phase of a major review into council services in Nottinghamshire is reaching its conclusion.

Councillor Kay Cutts, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council said: “I want to say an enormous thank you to all the residents and organisations who have taken part in our public engagement exercise.

“ORS, the independent social research company which has run this piece of work on our behalf have received almost 3,000 responses which clearly shows what an important issue this is. They are now analysing all those responses, which will inform a report which will go to Full Council in December for debate.”

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In addition to the online survey, this first phase of the public engagement work has included focus groups with members of the public and meetings with local parish councils, businesses groups and voluntary sector organisations.

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Nottinghamshire County Council is exploring the potential of switching from the current two-tier system of local government in the county to a single tier, known as a unitary council, which would be responsible for providing all services.

A change to a single tier of local government would bring Nottinghamshire into line with much of the UK, where unitary councils are more common.

Any proposal about the future of local government in Nottinghamshire would be submitted to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government for consideration and would be subject to Government approval.

Further information about local government reorganisation in Nottinghamshire, how we currently operate and the options for change along with a link to the latest report are available from www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/futurenotts

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