Cheshire East Council leader setting up group to explore devolution deal

A cross-party working group to explore devolution proposals for Cheshire is to be set up by the leader of Cheshire East Council.

Rachel Bailey says she wants to look at what bidding for powers and funding from the government so more decisions could be made locally would actually mean for the region.

It would also look at the possibility of having an elected mayor or a chairperson at its head.

The council would then hope to develop discussion with neighbouring authorities with a view to creating debate around devolved powers for Cheshire along similar lines to the Northern Powerhouse.

Leader Rachel Bailey said: “We have strong and successful partnerships with our neighbouring authorities and this joint working will continue.

“However, I want to secure the right deal to deliver our ambitious growth plans in Cheshire East.

“This is why I am establishing a cross party working group within Cheshire East to work with me on developing the best possible case. 

“This has the support of the Conservative group and full Council.

“The working group’s objective will be to enable an understanding to shape what devo could mean for the borough.

“In addition, I would like us to have more powers over things such as large scale infrastructure projects, public transport, skills and health services provided to our residents.

“I believe that these are the right areas to focus on if we are going to secure economic prosperity for all our residents and protect and enhance the quality of place we have within Cheshire East.”



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