E.C.D.C Ratifies Devolution Deal

East Cambs first to ratify devo deal

East Cambridgeshire District Council has agreed to ratify a devolution deal worth nearly one billion pounds for East Anglia.

Members of the Council voted to ratify the East Anglia Devolution Agreement at the Special Council Meeting on Wednesday 13th April. The proposed Deal was announced in the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s budget speech in March this year.

Some 22 authorities and the New Anglia LEP for Norfolk and Suffolk had signed to put the Deal in front of their members to debate whether to agree or turn down the proposals, as well as the chance to go back to the Government with new proposals in the autumn.

Wednesday’s ratification vote means that the Council has agreed to move to the next stage with the other authorities about the Deal. East Cambridgeshire District Council is the first local authority to ratify the Agreement in East Anglia.

The East Anglia Devolution Agreement sets out the framework for the devolution of powers and resources to Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Norfolk and Suffolk, specifically of funding and governance.

Acceptance of the Deal would bring £900 million of new funding to the region for economic growth over the next 30 years. It would also result in a single mayor being elected for Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Norfolk and Suffolk, as well as an East Anglia Combined Authority being established.

A Combined Authority would also mean the transfer of significant resources and powers from Central Government to the region – at this stage specifically for infrastructure, housing, economic development, developing skills for employment and job creation.

At the meeting, members of the Council were requested to instruct the Chief Executive and Leader of the Council to ensure the inclusion of key infrastructure projects and priorities (as set out below) in the current and future devolution deals for East Cambridgeshire:

–          Ely Soham Bypass

–          Soham Railway Station and doubling of track

–          Ely North Junction

–          Newmarket Curve

–          Junction A14/A142

–          Community Land Trust (CLT) development and related infrastructure

–          A10 upgrade

–          Improvement to cross country links East and West

There will be another Special Council meeting on Tuesday 28th June, where the Chief Executive will report back to the Council to update members on the implementation of these recommendations.

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