Conservatives in Chesterfield have called for a local referendum before any decision by the council to join a new devolved ‘super authority’ with Sheffield.
They oppose the move saying it will break ties with neighbouring authorities like Bolsover and North East Derbyshire who have rejected the proposal.
Although a public consultation is currently underway Conservatives say that any green light to join should be subject to a borough-wide referendum first.
John Boult, deputy chairman of Chesterfield Conservatives and a candidate in next year’s county council elections, said: “I have been talking to people in places like Walton and many are deeply concerned about Chesterfield joining this new super authority.
“I am afraid a public consultation doesn’t cut the mustard and we need a proper local referendum so all people in the borough get the final decision.
“Local Conservatives will campaign to keep Chesterfield as part of the Derbyshire family unlike the Labour Party in the town who are itching for this deal.”
Have your say on the devolution deal at sheffieldcityregiondevolution.org.uk or pick up a copy of the consultation document from Chesterfield Town Hall.