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Council to Decide on Lancashire Combined Authority

Published Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Ribble Valley Borough Council will decide later this month whether to press ahead with plans for a proposed Lancashire Combined Authority.

A public consultation has given the proposed authority the thumbs-up and 14 out of the county’s 15 councils will decide over the coming weeks whether to submit a formal bid to the Government.

Almost 2,000 residents and businesses took part in the consultation, with most saying yes to the plans.

Ribble Valley Borough Council leader Stuart Hirst said: “Residents throughout Lancashire have given their views on the proposed combined authority and the majority of them support the idea.

“The next step is for each council to reconsider the proposal and decide whether they want to submit a formal bid to the Government for Lancashire to create a combined authority.”

Councils will consider the issue over the coming months – Ribble Valley Borough Council on Tuesday, 26 April – and if there is consensus a bid could be submitted to the Government by May, with a decision expected as early as the summer.

Stuart Hirst added: “It is important that we keep up momentum with the process, so the consultation feedback has been turned into a report to full council quickly. 

“A combined authority could release millions of pounds of investment in the county creating jobs for generations to come and give us the chance to take on new powers from the Government, so that we can have more influence over what happens in Lancashire.

“This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for us to show that Lancashire means business and ensure the county is a driving force in the Northern Powerhouse.”

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