Support for metro mayor and new tier of local Government

August 30 2016

JUST over half of people who took part in a consultation on a £1 billion West of England devolution deal came out in support of the move.

JUST over half of people who took part in a consultation on a £1 billion West of England devolution deal came out in support of the move.

Of the 2,011 responses received from South Gloucestershire, Bristol and Bath and North East Somerset, 55 per cent said on balance they thought a combined authority with a so-called metro mayor would benefit the area. One in three did not agree and nearly one in ten did not know.

The aim of the new tier of local government is to give the authority powers on issues such as transport, housing and jobs, although there is now some speculation over the project after a change of prime minister.

The next step is for the separate unitary councils for the three areas to submit a joint consultation report to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

If it goes ahead, it would be established in the first part of next year, with elections for the position of mayor to take place in May 2017.