Combined Authority responds to devolution decisions

Published 14th June 2017 at 3:19pm

14 June 2017

In response to Chesterfield Borough Council and Bassetlaw District Councils decision to withdraw their applications to become a full member of the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority

Cllr Sir Steve Houghton, Chair of the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority said:

The decision by Chesterfield Borough Council and Bassetlaw District Council to withdraw their applications to be a full member of the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority is hugely disappointing but entirely understandable. It is disappointing for the residents and businesses of both areas that we aren’t going to be able to formalise our already strong partnership and make available the benefits of devolution and the powers that we have at our disposal to drive economic growth.

We have always worked as a partnership – and this has helped deliver investment of £31.3 million into Chesterfield led schemes such as those at Markham Vale, Waterside, Northern Gateway and Peak Resort alone.

Both areas play a full part in the Sheffield City Region, whether that is with residents commuting back and forth, inextricably linked public transport connections, businesses engaging with the world class offer at the Advanced Manufacturing Park and students learning at our two world-class universities.

These economic interactions will continue and both areas can remain non-constituent members of the Combined Authority as well as vital members of our Local Enterprise Partnership. We will continue to work constructively on matters relating to our economy.

The strength of our partnership is such that the Combined Authority was absolutely delighted to appoint the Leader of Chesterfield Borough Council, Cllr Tricia Gilby, as Vice-Chair of the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority at its meeting on Monday 12th June. This is a clear indication of the Combined Authorities willingness to work collectively across boundaries in the pursuit of making the right decisions to promote economic growth. Irrespective of these decisions that commitment remains.

However, these decisions and the uncertainty at the heart of government means that politicians from across the city region now need to take the time to consider fully the next steps in the city regions devolution journey. Consultation planned for July will not take place as planned and instead the Combined Authority will meet again to discuss next steps at their planned meeting on the 17th July.

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