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Time For Change


Mrs Kay Cutts raises the issue of whether the two-tier structure of local government is still appropriate in Nottinghamshire. However, she misses many crucial points.

The urban area of Nottingham is located in Gedling, Ashfield, Broxtowe and Rushcliffe as well as the city itself. The urban area should be moved from the county into the unitary city.

Many traditional county council services are being transferred and I strongly believe social care should be merged into the health service to provide the integrated care needed for our ageing population.

Consequently, the case for abolishing the county council seems stronger to me.

If the urban area is moved into the city then the rural parts of Rushcliffe and Gedling could logically be merged into Newark and Sherwood.

Ashfield, excluding Hucknall and Mansfield, would make an obvious merger, with Bassetlaw remaining as it is.

That would be one city and three districts, with no county.

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