On 11 March 2010, Tory MP Adam Afriyie led a debate on the impact of the Sustainable Communities Act in his constituency.
The MP for Windsor claimed that the Local Government Association (LGA) had used the powers in the act to reduce the provision of fire services in his area to levels which his constituents feared were too low.
He told MPs that the Sustainable Communities Act had been designed to "empower" local democracy.
Yet, he claimed, the LGA had been able to use the act to "block the will of the people" by transferring fire services from Windsor to Slough.
This was a decision that appeared to be "perverse and irrational", he asserted.