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Regarding the the process of local government reorganisation.

The present leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, Kay Cutts, has stated the time is right for a change and we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to simplify services, save up to £27m a year and improve the lives of residents.

The scheme, put forward by the Conservative-controlled county council, would see all the councils outside the city scrapped, and replaced with one super council, representing around 828,000 people.

A discussion took place at a Zoom meeting of Newark Town Council, when we asked about evidence from any other unitary authority that had already been created that they really had the financial saving forecast.

I have done a little homework to find out.

In a document, the leaders of the four district councils in Somerset said the councils ‘do not believe a unitary council is right for Somerset’ and there is no evidence that unitary councilsthat have been created have produced the financial savings they were forecast to make and many have left a ‘democratic deficit’, being distant from the communities they are meant to serve.

Instead, comparable savings and benefits can be achieved through efficient collaborative working and more community benefit can be achieved this way than could ever be achieved by a unitary authority.

The government and county council must have a more important issue ­— like fighting and safeguarding each other from the impact of covid-19.

People have the opportunity to give their views. Let’s gain momentum and stop this.

The county council has a survey for residents,with a closing date is of Monday, October 19.

It can be found on Nottinghamshire County Council website Have your say ­— Your Nottinghamshire, Your Future.­ ­LAURENCE GOFF, Newark town and Newark and Sherwood district councillor.

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