Devolution on the agenda for Hartlepool Council committee

Hartlepool Civic Centre.
Hartlepool Civic Centre.

Councillors will be asked to support a devolution deal linked to the creation of a new Tees Valley Combined Authority at a meeting tomorrow.

Members of Hartlepool Borough Council’s Finance and Policy Committee is being asked to endorse the deal with central government which it is said will be worth £450 million to the region over 30 years.

The deal would give the Tees Valley more powers from central government over transport, skills, employment, economic growth, and business support and investment.

It is in return for the creation of a new Tees Valley Combined Authority which is due to come into being from next April and will have its own elected mayor.

The leaders and elected mayor from the five regional authorities have signed an agreement in principle with the government as part of a fast track deal.

Gill Alexander, Chief Executive of Hartlepool council, said the Tees Valley councils have a 10-year proven track record of working for the benefit of the area.

She stated in a report: “This devolution proposal builds on that background and on the city and growth deals already agreed with Government to take our economic growth to a new level.”

The meeting takes place in Hartlepool Civic Centre at 10am tomorrow and if supported will be referred to the full council to formally approve.

Earlier this year, Putting Hartlepool First tried to secure a town referendum on the combined authority to give residents more say after a low take up in a consultation exercise.

But the motion was lost by 19 votes to 10.