DEVOLUTION: Town leaders at war over Sheffield City Region move

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Town leaders are at war over one of the biggest decisions Derbyshire has faced in decades.

The leader of Derbyshire County Council has made a last ditch plea for the people of Chesterfield to make their voices heard in the major devolution debate.

Derbyshire Labour group leader Anne Western.

Derbyshire Labour group leader Anne Western.

Anne Western claims Chesterfield Royal Hospital could be at risk if the borough joins Sheffield City Region and says public services will be fractured.

But Chesterfield Borough Council’s John Burrows says the Sheffield deal will be good for the town, bringing millions of pounds of investment as well as jobs, skills and housing.

After years of negotiations, Chesterfield decided to join the Sheffield deal over a Derbyshire deal which has currently been put ‘on hold’ by ministers.

Residents are now being given the chance to have their say on the plans.

Chesterfield Borough Council leader, John Burrows.

Chesterfield Borough Council leader, John Burrows.

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