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Leader of Derbyshire County Council responds to Chesterfield decision

Published: 13 June 2017

Leader of Derbyshire County Council Councillor Barry Lewis responds to Chesterfield Borough Council's decision not to join Sheffield City Region.

"This is absolutely the right decision by Chesterfield Borough Council and a victory for common sense.

"Obviously we would rather not have to spend tax-payers' money on holding a referendum. But with so many people clearly not in favour of Chesterfield joining Sheffield City Region it was only fair and proper that residents were given the chance to have their say and give a clear indication of what they wanted for the future of their town and borough.

"The county council never believed the proposals were in the best interests of Chesterfield which would have had to compete against all the councils within the Sheffield City Region for funding from the Sheffield City Region Mayor.

"If the plans had gone ahead there would have been untold costs to Derbyshire's tax-payers in delivering services in two separate ways - one way for Chesterfield and another for the rest of the county - and making sure they ran seamlessly alongside each other.

"We can now look ahead and concentrate on continuing to deliver services for Chesterfield and the rest of Derbyshire - the county to which the borough truly belongs.

"Chesterfield's decision opens up new opportunities for working in partnership and I look forward to discussing with Councillor Gilby how the county and borough council can work together in the future."