East Cambridgeshire calls special council meeting to decide next stages of devolution deal for East Anglia

PUBLISHED: 11:44 06 April 2016 | UPDATED: 11:44 06 April 2016

Cambridgeshire County Council devolution debate:

Cambridgeshire County Council devolution debate:

Archant

Chief executive John Hill says East Cambridgeshire District Council will only get “a true evaluation” of the benefits of devolution once it is implemented.

His comments are contained in a report to a special council meeting on April 13 to decide the next stage in the devolution deal for East Anglia.

He will invite councillors to “ratify the East Anglia devolution agreement” and to give both him and council leader James Palmer until June to iron out infrastructure issues.

Mr Hill says the time lag will ensure the council is able to include “key infrastructure projects and priorities” into any final settlement.

He lists these as:

Ely Southern bypass

Soham railway station and doubling of track

Ely North junction

Newmarket Curve

Junction A14/A142

Community Land Trust development

A10 upgrade

Improvements to cross links east and west

Mr Hill says the devolution agreement signed by 22 of the 23 council leaders (Cambridge City Council refused) sets out the framework that includes a new directly mayor.

Apart from £900million promised over the next 30 years, the Government also plans to allocate £175million capital for roads and transport.

Mr Hill says the council “has a number of issues in considering the ratification of the agreement”.

He says members will want to know the likely benefits, governance and proposed geography.

Cllr Palmer is also a county councillor and one of those who voted to defer Cambridgeshire agreeing to the deal.

Expressing some reservations and agreeing that the county council should continue to negotiate, he felt progress and a settlement was possible.

“There is a deal to be done here, make no mistake,” he told last month’s county council meeting.

2 comments

  • The list of projects shows what a poor deal this is. Each one of the major items on the list would easily absorb the whole £30m on its own. And the money is for the whole area covered by Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

    Report this comment

    Rupert Moss-Eccardt

    Saturday, April 9, 2016

  • He voted to defer, the Conservatives did a huge uturn, they were made to look like idiots, all the other parties went against them, they want devolution because they know they would get a Conservative Major...

    Report this comment

    TheTruth

    Wednesday, April 6, 2016

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

More news stories

10:28

Ely’s very own marathon man completed his 10th and final London Marathon yesterday.

Yesterday, 19:34

Council leader James Palmer denied he accused retired farmer and town councillor Geoffrey Woollard of “undermining” his mayoralty campaign.

Steve Barclay is set to be re-adopted in five days times as the Conservative choice to fight the June 8 election in NE Cambs.

12:21

An appeal to raise funds for a new artificial pitch at Ely City Hockey Club has netted more donations from local businesses.

Most read stories

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Ely Standard e-edition E-edition
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter