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John Mann MP: Derby and Nottingham devolution plan would be a disaster for Bassetlaw

Bassetlaw MP John Mann has today warned that the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Combined Authority plan would be a “total and absolute disaster for Bassetlaw.”

Mann commented: “This deal would result in Bassetlaw paying for an economic development area between Nottingham and Derby – including for East Midlands Airport and the HS2 base at Toton.”

“There is nothing in it for us. People need to ask a number of questions: where do we want our bus services to go – Nottingham and Derby or Sheffield and Doncaster? Which airport is most important to us – Robin Hood Doncaster or East Midlands? Which rail line do we want to see improved – the Worksop to Sheffield route and the East Coast Main Line down to London, or the Midland Main Line?”

“Our money should not be spent on areas that we don’t go to for leisure, or on roads and rail tracks we rarely use. It makes no sense for us to pay for improvements on the roads to Derby and Nottingham instead of the A57 to Sheffield.”

“Equally importantly, it threatens our hospital. The Government is shifting health into city regions. This deal would result in the closure of Bassetlaw Hospital in a few years time.”

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