Suffolk Coastal District Council has voted to continue to support the Devolution process.
At its Full Council Meeting this evening (Monday, 21 November 2016), Suffolk Coastal gave its backing to a recommendation (voting 30 in favour and 4 against), which stated:
The Council agrees:
1. To reiterate the commitment given previously by the Council to devolution as a means of delivering accelerated growth in the local and national economy and of helping local people and places to fulfil their potential;
2. To authorise the Leader and Chief Executive to:
a) seek an urgent meeting with the Secretary of State to discuss the Government’s intentions in relation to devolution
b) work with Government and local partners to agree an alternative devolution deal as soon as possible
3. That further reports are presented to the Council and Cabinet, as appropriate, as the devolution process progresses.
Following this meeting, Suffolk Coastal’s Leader, Cllr Ray Herring, said:
"I am pleased that Suffolk Coastal has expressed its continued support for the Devolution process. It is disappointing that the opportunity for the billion pound package of improvements outlined within the joint Norfolk Suffolk devolution deal seems lost to us, but this remains a very fluid situation.
At Suffolk Coastal, we are strongly committed to taking positive action to work with our partners and Government to develop an alternative proposal, which will maximise the benefits for our tax payers.”