Deputy Leader voices concerns over unified metropolitan area plans
17 November 2017
Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Deputy Leader has voiced her concerns over plans to swallow the authority into a unified metropolitan area across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.
Cllr Debbie Mason, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Community and Leisure, was made aware of the intended launch of a metro strategy report on Thursday (November 16), just days before Nottingham and Derby City Councils were set to announce the plan.
It was set to propose uniting together large boroughs and districts across the two counties including Rushcliffe, Amber Valley, Ashfield, Broxtowe, Derby, Erewash, Gedling, Nottingham and South Derbyshire.
Cllr Mason said: “I was extremely disappointed to learn of the launch with no consultation, involvement or prior notification.
“I have today written to Jon Collins, Leader of Nottingham City Council, to express in the strongest terms our disappointment that as a significant conurbation area of the City and as a prominent Borough of Nottinghamshire County, that they have failed to ensure that the authors of the document engaged with us in any meaningful way.
“It was also very noticeable that Nottingham City Council chose to ignore the recognised collective governance for joint working, the Economic Prosperity Committee, where this issue could have been dealt with or discussed at the recent meeting on 23 October 2017.
“The absence of any Nottingham City representation was disappointing and deeply concerning as this is a key forum which feeds into the Local Enterprise Partnership.
“The future growth of the County, City and region is dependent upon us all working with inclusivity.
“There is a real danger that time and precious money will be wasted in fruitless and endless discussions about bureaucratic structures and bodies, when we should be focusing upon building new houses, work places and green spaces for the benefit of the people we all represent.
“Rushcliffe will remain focused upon the task in hand of delivering the much needed houses and jobs for the benefit of future generations.”
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