Coun­cil’s de­vo­lu­tion plans ‘on hold’

Macclesfield Express - - LIGHTNING SPECIAL -

PLANS to cre­ate a sin­gle, more pow­er­ful coun­cil for Cheshire and War­ring­ton have been put on hold.

Cheshire East Coun­cil has been in dis­cus­sions with neigh­bour­ing coun­cils at War­ring­ton, Cheshire West and Ch­ester to cre­ate a sin­gle coun­cil un­der the Gov­ern­ment’s de­vo­lu­tion deal since 2015.

In the de­vo­lu­tion bid in Au­gust 2015 they claimed it would give them greater con­trol over re­sources in Cheshire, help cre­ate 112,000 jobs, im­prove trans­port and boost busi­ness.

The plans would in­clude the pos­si­bil­ity of the county be­ing run by a sin­gle elected mayor.

But a joint state­ment from the coun­cils’ lead­ers has con­firmed plans for a con­sul­ta­tion have now been de­layed. The joint state­ment from the Lead­ers of War­ring­ton, Cheshire West and Ch­ester, and Cheshire East coun­cils: “Fol­low­ing po­lit­i­cal dis­cus­sions in War­ring­ton, a po­ten­tial con­sul­ta­tion with the public and busi­nesses on a pro­posed de­vo­lu­tion deal for Cheshire and War­ring­ton has been put on hold. We re­main strongly com­mit­ted to col­lab­o­ra­tive work­ing on a num­ber of key ini­tia­tives and we will con­tinue to ex­plore how best to secure more power and re­sources for our area.”

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