A merger would reunite our county within its historic borders. It would, some say, save money. Others, me included, think Telford and Shropshire are such different places that we need different councils. What do you think? Vote below.
Shrewsbury and Atcham MP Daniel Kawczynski says the merger could save between £10 million and £20 million a year. I don’t know where he gets that figure from but it is evident that, after restructuring costs are accounted for, savings could be made.
I take the view that we can’t merge politically. Telford is a great place but so different from the rest of Shropshire. It looks east to the West Midlands conurbation and feels more like “Wolverhampton Garden City” than rural Shropshire. It needs a council that can concentrate on expansion and regeneration of brownfield sites. Shropshire is a classic rural county where being small matters. We need to grow our economy but we face a very different set of issues to Telford and Wrekin, which is mostly urban.
We could share more services between Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin, and work together more closely.
So, what is the best way forward for our councils? Vote below…