Date Published: 29-06-2016

We’ve previously reported on the East Anglian Devolution Deal that Chancellor George Osborne announced in the 2016 budget, which would see an extra £750million being injected into a joint Norfolk/Suffolk/Cambridgeshire over the next 30 years.

Today it comes as a shock that Norwich City Council has unanimously voted against continuing the process despite Norfolk County Council being in favour of it.

The main concern from Norwich City Council’s point of view is that with David Cameron resigning, and the hunt for a new Prime Minister by October, they cannot be sure that the process will actually be completed.

Labour councillor Roger Ryan is particularly concerned that the elected mayor would be able to overturn local councils’ decisions and therefore take power away from the people of Norwich.

Broadland District Council, however, have more positive thoughts about the deal with leader Andrew Proctor proclaiming that an elected mayor will allow that local councils to work collectively and centrally in order to deliver positive change. He also said that transferring money from central government to local administration would help them make much needed improvements to infrastructure a lot quicker.

Although Broadland District Council members are in favour of the deal, which went to a public vote last night.

Cambridge City Council, although out of the combined deal with Norfolk & Suffolk, is in support of its own version of the deal which would be an elected mayor for Cambridgeshire & Peterborough.

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