James Evison 27 February 2017

Call for closer working between Shropshire and Telford councils

Plans by the opposition Conservative group in Telford & Wrekin to work more closely with Shropshire Council have been put forward.

The proposal, which has been put forward by Telford & Wrekin’s Tory group leader, Cllr Andrew Eade, aims to find efficiency savings across the two local authority areas.

A motion to a full council meeting this week called on Telford & Wrekin to ‘remove any obstacles’ which have previously prevented officers discussing options with their counterparts in Shropshire.

It said officers should ‘investigate potential efficiency savings via shared services or any other means to deliver cost savings to both authorities’.

Cllr Eade claimed sharing services has the ‘possibility to make huge savings’ and suggested officers could market their skills to other public services to raise revenue.

But the top line of the motion insisted the Conservative group was still ‘unanimous’ in its opposition to a formal merger of the two councils - originally raised in May 2014.

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