It would be “nonsense” to push forward with next year’s district elections now a ‘super council’ has been approved, according to a leading politician.

Leader of Bucks County Council (BCC), Martin Tett, said it would be “inappropriate” to spend taxpayer’s money on electing councillors that would be in post for a year, ahead of the launch of the new council in 2020.

However Cllr Tett added it is not his decision to make, and hopes to join together with district leaders and discuss whether the elections should be postponed.

During and interview this week Cllr Tett said: “I believe personally that it would be nonsense, it would be inappropriate quite frankly to hold those elections and spend a lot of council taxpayers’ money to elect a council that will be in post for a year.

“But that’s not my decision alone to make. It’s inappropriate to hold the town and parish council elections.”

Last week secretary of state for communities, housing and local government, James Brokenshire, gave the green light to BCC proposals to scrap the main councils in Bucks and replace them with a single-unitary authority.

Services currently split between the four district councils, Wycombe, South Bucks, Chiltern and Aylesbury Vale, and the county council will now be brought together under one roof.

Mr Brokenshire said he will discuss delaying the elections until the new council is implemented with the leaders of the district councils.

He said: “I intend to explore with the district councils whether they would like me to make and lay before parliament an order to delay for one year the May 2019 local elections in Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern, South Bucks and Wycombe, so as to avoid councillors being elected for only one year if Parliament approves the legislation establishing the new council.”

District leaders have remained coy about their views towards next year’s elections, stating “we are currently considering our position, seeking further advice and reviewing the options available to us”.

BCC’s cabinet is due to meet for the first time since Mr Brokenshire’s announcement on Monday to discuss the next steps.