Nottinghamshire Council opposes district devolution plan

Nottinghamshire County Council has raised concerns over plans to let Bassetlaw DC join the Sheffield City Region, claiming the move would be ‘bad for local democracy’.

Councillor Alan Rhodes, from the Nottinghamshire County Council, has highlighted the concerns in a letter addressed to communities secretary, Sajid Javid, and chancellor Philip Hammond.

Bassetlaw DC, in North Nottinghamshire, applied to join the Sheffield City Region in March, and a public consultation on the region’s devolution plans is due to end next week.

In the letter, Rhodes said: “I have always been a big advocate of devolution and moving decision-making and resources away from the Westminster bubble and into the hands of local people who have a much better understanding of local issues and priorities.

“But for devolution to work, it has to be done in the right way and on the right terms and I believe that Bassetlaw joining the Sheffield City Region deal will be bad for local democracy, not improve it.

“Ultimately, the county council and I both want the best possible future for the people, businesses and economy of Bassetlaw and we do not believe that lies within the Sheffield City Region.

“However, I will personally work to ensure a positive approach to partnership working with the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority going forward, regardless of the decision reached by the government later this autumn.”