West Yorkshire Combined Authority has announced that its council leaders, along with Mayor Tracy Brabin, have launched new regional missions, that will look at boosting jobs, housing, transport, climate, and crime.
Through a series of long-term projects, “The West Yorkshire Plan” will look at tackling some of the major issues in the region, with insecure work, expensive housing, unreliable public transport, the effects of climate change, and crime all being looked at. Developed in collaboration with the public, private and charity sectors, the plan will use targeted investment until 2040 to tackle issues in the five main areas of concern. These are:
- A prosperous West Yorkshire built on an inclusive economy with well-paid jobs.
- A happy West Yorkshire, full of great places and healthy communities
- A well-connected West Yorkshire, held together by a strong transport system.
- A sustainable West Yorkshire, rich with greener lives and communities
- A safe West Yorkshire, free of the fear of crime so everyone can flourish.
Mayor Tracy Brabin unveiled the plans to improve the region at an event in Leeds on Friday 16th June, as she was joined on stage by some key figures in the running of West Yorkshire. Brabin was accompanied by:
- Alison Low OBE, West Yorkshire Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime
- Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, Leader of Bradford Council
- Cllr Jane Scullion, Leader of Calderdale Council
- Cllr Shabir Pandor, Leader of Kirklees Council
- Cllr James Lewis, Leader of Leeds Council
- Cllr Denise Jeffrey, Leader of Wakefield Council
Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire, said:
“These five missions will form the building blocks of a stronger, happier, better-connected, greener and safer West Yorkshire. Together, they will focus minds and allow us to transform lives across the region, as we work to deliver a brighter West Yorkshire that works for all.
“Long-term problems require long-term solutions, and here in West Yorkshire, we’re laser focused on the big issues that really matter to people. Whether that’s a lack of economic opportunity, unaffordable housing, unreliable public transport, the cost of energy or crime.
“Devolution is working for West Yorkshire. Over the past two years, we’ve delivered well-paid jobs, affordable homes, cheaper bus fares, greener communities, and safer streets. But by working together, with a clear and serious plan for the future, we can deliver so much more.”
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