Language policy 'gobbledygook'
Published 23/06/2010 | 18:26
A council chief has been accused of talking "gobbledygook" after imposing new rules on language banning references to everyday words and phrases.
Nottinghamshire County Council leader Councillor Kay Cutts banned the phrase "Greater Nottingham" and insisted the phrase "Core City Area" should be used instead.
Her decision emerged through minutes of a private meeting of a new board that covers the area, which includes Nottingham city and several outlying districts looked after by the county.
Previously an informal partnership was in place between the county and city councils but a formal Core City Board was created, holding its first meeting on June 7.
Minutes from that meeting show the leader "banned" use of the term Greater Nottingham. The phrase "core city area" will now be used, council bosses said.
Under the heading "language", the minutes from the meeting say: "the leader has banned using the terms 'Greater Nottingham' and 'conurbation'."
But Labour councillor and opposition leader Alan Rhodes has branded the move "bureaucratic nonsense" and said the phrase was "gobbledygook".
He said: "This suggests a rather dictatorial stance from the leader of the council. It's just gobbledygook, it doesn't mean anything to anybody. It doesn't give you any sense of place or identity to call it a Core City Area.
"It's bureaucratic nonsense, it's just local government speak. People will still call it Greater Nottingham, they know what that means."
But Cllr Cutts said: "Relationships between the city and county have never been stronger. In order to ensure we remain consistent, the authority will now use the term core city area."