Devolution must take Northumberland’s issues into account

Local authority representatives on the North East Combined Authoity board.' Grant Davey (N'Land), Nick Forbes (Newc), Iain Malcolm (STyneside), Mick Henry (G'head), Front - Paul Watson (S'land), Simon Henig (Durham) and Norma Redfearn (NTyneside).
Local authority representatives on the North East Combined Authoity board.' Grant Davey (N'Land), Nick Forbes (Newc), Iain Malcolm (STyneside), Mick Henry (G'head), Front - Paul Watson (S'land), Simon Henig (Durham) and Norma Redfearn (NTyneside).

The leader of Northumberland County Council believes that the offer of devolution for the North East will benefit the people of Northumberland.

It comes following the agreement last week by members of the North East Combined Authority to move to the next stage of devolution negotiations with the Government.

Coun Grant Davey said: “As a predominately rural county, it is important that any move to devolution in the North East takes into account our issues as well as the urban conurbations of Tyne and Wear. I am particularly delighted that the proposed reopening of the Ashington Blyth Tyne passenger train line is mentioned in the offer.

“Together with our North East counterparts, we will continue to seek further consultation with the public and other stakeholders and we believe that a successful North East means a successful Northumberland.”

The negotiations are around the potential for devolution of powers, funding and responsibilities relating to the economy, investment, transport, jobs and skills.

An agreement would represent a major change to the way in which decisions affecting the North East are made and would require the approval of the individual local authorities.