Chesterfield Council to hold new meeting on devolution to avoid legal challenge

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Chesterfield Council will reconsider its devolution options as it tries to avoid a legal challenge.

The decision to hold the meeting at 5pm on Wednesday, April 6, was made after Derbyshire County Council announced it was considering bringing a legal challenge against Chesterfield’s decision to apply to become a full member of the Sheffield City Region devolution deal and a non-constituent member of a potential North Midlands devolution deal.

The county council believes the report Chesterfield councillors originally considered should have included an Equality Impact Assessment.

Now, as a result, an EIA will be considered at next week’s meeting.

Chesterfield Council leader John Burrows said opposing the legal challenge in court would have cost taxpayers money.