The next few days are B&NES residents’ last chance to have their say on the government’s proposed Devolution Deal and ‘Metro Mayor’.
Under the proposals, three local Councils (Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire) will work more closely in a Combined Authority. The new Authority will receive funding and devolved powers from government and will be led by a directly-elected Mayor.
The consultation on the Deal will close at 23.59 on Monday 15 August.
Councillor Dine Romero commented:
“Right from the start the Lib Dems have said that we support the principle of devolution. Decisions should be taken as closely as possible to the people who they affect and long-term funding for strategic infrastructure projects is desperately needed.”
“However, we believe the government is wrong to insist on a directly-elected Mayor. Particularly seeing as local people are not being given a vote on whether or not they want one.”
“Not only will a Mayor add another layer of bureaucracy, politics and cost, but the local Councils are already successfully working together in the West of England Partnership and LEP. Why change something that is working well already?”
If you would like to read more about the proposals, please visit: westofenglanddevolution.co.uk. The consultation survey can be found here: smartsurvey.co.uk/s/WofEdevolution or via local libraries and One Stop Shops.
There will also be an information display in Bath city centre tomorrow, Saturday 13 August, from 11.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. at the junction of Old Bond Street / Milsom Street (outside GAP).