Melton Borough Council

Leader of Melton Borough Council responds to statement from the Leader of Leicestershire County Council on proposals for a new unitary council for Leicestershire

Published Friday, 29th June 2018

Cllr Joe Orson, Leader of Melton Borough Council said:

“We are aware the Leader of the County Council has published an intention to pursue a single unitary council for Leicestershire; replacing the existing council structures. These proposals are at an early stage and will be the subject of significant scrutiny and discussion to establish whether they should proceed. My first reaction is concern that this will make services more remote, take resources and focus away from Melton, and be a big distraction and a costly exercise.  Naturally however when we receive more information we will review further to understand the impact on Melton and its residents. As a Council we share the ambition to get the best for Leicestershire and the wider region and are always ready to explore ways to improve services and value for money to our residents, but are also very mindful of the potential challenges and issues any major reorganisation could create. As these proposal develop I will be keen to ensure that Melton residents are kept informed, are given the opportunity to have their say, and that any proposed changes do actually make a positive difference. For now though it is important to reassure residents it is business as usual at Melton Borough Council.”