Have your say on devolution

August 16 2016

PEOPLE in Fishponds are being invited to have their say on a metro mayor for greater Bristol.

PEOPLE in Fishponds are being invited to have their say on a metro mayor for greater Bristol.

The idea is to have a combined authority for the West of England (Bristol  South Gloucestershire and Bath & North East Somerset). This would unlock a £1 billion devolution deal from Government,  allowing more decisions to be made locally, rather than nationally, about spending on regional transport, housing and adult education and skills, for example.

Residents are being asked to give their views by August 15. Various information sessions are being held, including one at Fishponds Library on Tuesday August 9 from 10am-11am.

Councillor Helen Holland, Cabinet Member for Place, said: “This consultation might seem dry, but it is really important that as many people as possible have their say about a future devolution deal for Bristol and our partner authorities, so I would urge everyone to take part.”

The results of the consultation will be considered by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government who will decide whether the West of England devolution deal should go ahead. The deal will then be subject to final endorsement at a local level.

If it is agreed that the MCA should go ahead, it would be established in the first part of 2017, with elections for the position of West of England Mayor to take place across all three local government areas – Bristol, B&NES and South Gloucestershire – in May 2017.

You can take part online at www.westofenglanddevolution.co.uk;

Paper copies of the survey will be available from libraries, Customer Service Points and One Stop Shops  or by calling  0117 922 2848.