Lat­est in coun­cils row

Coun­cil leader and district coun­cils is­sue new state­ments

Hinckley Times - - LETTERS - AMY OR­TON hinck­ley­times@reach­

DICTRICT coun­cil lead­ers have the­at­ened to make rep­re­sen­ta­tions to Sec­re­tary of State for Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment James Bro­ken­shire if the county con­tin­ues to “de­velop pro­pos­als for a uni­tary au­thor­ity in iso­la­tion”.

The lead­ers of Blaby, Charn­wood, Har­bor­ough, Hinck­ley and Bos­worth, Mel­ton, North West Le­ices­ter­shire and Oadby and Wigston coun­cils have writ­ten a joint let­ter to county coun­cil leader Nick Rush­ton.

They said they were taken by sur­prise when plans were un­veiled for a uni­tary au­thor­ity.

County Hall set out plans on June 29 for a shake-up that would see all of Le­ices­ter­shire’s coun­cils scrapped and an en­tirely new one formed.

Coun Rush­ton said at the time the move would be the only way the county could deal with the im­pact of mas­sive gov­ern­ment fund­ing cuts and would save tax­pay­ers at least £30 mil­lion a year.

Their let­ter was dated Septem­ber 3.

In a re­ply, dated Septem­ber 4, Coun Rush­ton said more than one op­tion was be­ing looked at by of­fi­cers at County Hall – and ac­cused the district’s lead­ers of work­ing on their own pro­pos­als for re­or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Both par­ties have ex­pressed a will to work to­gether on re­form.

The next time the pro­pos­als are set to be dis­cussed is in Oc­to­ber by the county coun­cil’s cab­i­net.

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