One council has courage to pull out of Derby/Nottingham devolution deal

“At a full council meeting, South Derbyshire District Council leader Bob Wheeler proposed to reject the agreement and this was backed by the members.

He said: “Our concerns include how appropriate an elected mayor would be for an area as diverse as Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, as well as the cost and impact the deal would have on the other authorities concerned.

“We simply don’t know in detail what the powers of an elected mayor or combined authority would be. We can’t recommend getting on a bus when we don’t know what the fare is and we don’t know where it’s going.”