Devolution power for North Somerset?

PUBLISHED: 18:01 10 July 2015

Weston Town Hall.

Weston Town Hall.

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Council leaders will discuss devolved powers for North Somerset this week.

North Somerset Council chief executive Mike Jackson will meet with other leaders from across the South West to explore the prospect of devolution, which would give local authorities more control over issues such as transport and housing.

North Somerset Council’s chief executive Mike Jackson said: “Discussions are ongoing in the West of England to continue partnership working with a view of exploring the scope for devolved powers for the West of England.”

Bristol Mayor George Ferguson said last year devolution would help to create a Great Western economic powerhouse, similar to Greater Manchester, which was given £1billion-worth of powers by the Government.

But council leader Nigel Ashton said he had seen no evidence a ‘metro mayor’ would benefit North Somerset.

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