Residents of North Yorkshire are being given the opportunity to have their say on the future of the region’s economy, with the possibility off bringing benefits for future generations.
A consultation was launched on Friday, running until Friday 16th December, that will see residents, community groups and businesses given the opportunity to share their views on the proposed devolution deal being offered to York and the rest of North Yorkshire.
The devolution deal would last thirty years and would not only hand over more power to thee new council, but would also see millions of pounds worth of funding to improve transport, education and job opportunities as well as boosting economic growth.
Councillor Keith Aspden, Leader of City of York Council, said:
“Given the levels of funding and devolved powers on offer, devolution presents a real opportunity for York not just to secure investment, but also have greater influence over matters that our communities care about.
“The timing of this proposed deal could not be more important, giving us the opportunity to unlock 30 years of investment to improve economic prosperity, education and transport as well as work towards becoming the first carbon negative region in the country.
“In the next eight weeks, I hope residents and businesses will take the opportunity to engage in this momentous decision for York and North Yorkshire, sharing their views on the full range of proposals.”
The new system, using a mayoral combined authority as seen in West Yorkshire and the Tees Valley, would be able to provide more affordable housing and action to reduce carbon emissions thanks to their ability to oversee more projects and have more control over how their funding is spent.