Leader goes to Number 10 to see bill passed

THE LEADER of the council went to 10 Downing Street this week to celebrate the passing of an act, which it is hoped will give more power to local government.

Erewash leader Cllr Chris Corbett met Prime Minister David Cameron last Wednesday to mark the Royal Assent given to the Localism Act in the previous week.

Cllr Corbett said: “By giving councillors more freedom over decisions affecting the local area, much stronger powers on licensing and by cutting needless bureaucracy, this Government is showing its commitment to hand control back to local people and communities.”

Mr Cameron added: “I always the welcome the opportunity to meet with group leaders from across the country to discuss the issues on the ground, and how the Government can work to do all we can to make local government work for local people.”

Part of the act aims to give local communities more freedom to make a neighbourhood plan, giving residents more of a say in where they think new houses, businesses and shops should go.