More calls to aban­don pro­posal to merge coun­cils

Hinckley Times - - NEWS -

FRESH calls to aban­don plans to scrap Hinck­ley and Bos­worth bor­ough came from East Mid­lands Lib­eral Democrats.

The group passed a mo­tion op­pos­ing the plans for a sin­gle coun­cil for Le­ices­ter­shire and the dis­so­lu­tion of the county’s bor­ough and district coun­cils.

Propos­ing the mo­tion was coun­cil­lor Michael Mul­laney who rep­re­sents Hinck­ley De Mont­fort on Le­ices­ter­shire County Coun­cil.

He said: “One uni­tary author­ity for Le­ices­ter­shire would cen­tralise de­ci­sion mak­ing too much.

“Peo­ple in Hinck­ley don’t want plan­ning de­ci­sions for Hinck­ley taken by a re­mote author­ity in Glen­field.

“Le­ices­ter­shire and large county.

“One author­ity would not be suitable for tak­ing de­ci­sions across places as di­verse as Coalville, Mel­ton, Hinck­ley and Lough­bor­ough.

“There is huge op­po­si­tion to the plans for one uni­tary author­ity in Le­ices­ter­shire. is a di­verse

“Rather than waste huge amounts of pub­lic money and coun­cil of­fi­cer time pur­su­ing his goal of one uni­tary coun­cil for Le­ices­ter­shire it’s time for the Le­ices­ter­shire Tory County Coun­cil leader Nick Rush­ton to cut his losses and drop these flawed plans.”

The con­dem­na­tion fol­lows a joint let­ter from sev­eral MPs sent to Cllr Rush­ton ask­ing him to shelve the plans and not to spend any more on ex­plor­ing the idea.

Cllr Rush­ton said he was dis­ap­pointed with their re­sponse to the plans and that he looked for­ward to hear­ing what tax­pay­ers think.

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