Broxtowe council leader meets PM at Downing Street

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THE leader of Broxtowe Borough Council visited 10 Downing Street for a meeting with the Prime Minister.

Cllr David Watts had a meeting with David Cameron and deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg last Wednesday, February 2 to discuss next year’s budget.

The Lib Dem leader talked about the main issues facing Broxtowe and said the cuts to grants from central Government had left the authority struggling to cope next year.

Cllr Watts said: “Mr Cameron recognised that the financial settlement we have had from the Government is very hard and he accepted that it will cause real difficulties.”

After the meeting Cllr Watts met Andrew Stunnell MP, the Local Government Minister.

Cllr Watts said: “We spoke in particular about the Government’s new homes bonus and the impact that it might have on places like Broxtowe, where there just isn’t any housing land available.

“I stressed that the system had to be fair so that we weren’t penalised for not providing what we simply don’t have.”

The new housing bonus is money allocated to local councils and communities when new houses are built to cater for more amenities.

Cllr Watts said: “The meetings were very worthwhile, and hopefully Broxtowe will gain some real benefit from them.”