Chancellor hails devolution deal for East Anglia worth ‘almost £1bn’

PUBLISHED: 13:44 16 March 2016 | UPDATED: 15:56 16 March 2016

Norfolk County Council have agreed to push ahead with negotiations for a deal on devolution for Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

Norfolk County Council have agreed to push ahead with negotiations for a deal on devolution for Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

Leaders have hailed the government’s “once in a generation” devolution deal for Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire.

Powers will be devolved to Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire with one elected mayor for all three counties.Powers will be devolved to Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire with one elected mayor for all three counties.

They say it will pave the way for spending decisions to be taken in the region - and one elected mayor for Nofolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

Chancellor George Osborne today announced that he had struck a deal worth “almost £1bn” in return for an elected mayor with 22 out of 23 Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire councils, and an extra £70m towards a third crossing in Lowestoft and money for a crossing in Ipswich.

It is not yet clear exactly which infrastructure projects will be delivered as part of the deal.

The chancellor said: “We have agreed a single powerful East Anglia Combined Authority headed up by an elected mayor and almost a billion pounds of new investment.”

He added: “The devolution revolution is taking hold.”

Norfolk County Council leader George Nobbs said: “The extra money for infrastructure spending is very welcome. Probably of more importance is the decisions on how it is spend and where it is spent are taken here in East Anglia and not in Westminster. That is what devolution is all about.”

He said the extra money was “on top of anything that we are getting now”.

“It doesn’t come out of city deal or anything like that. It is very much extra money which is available to those in the first tranche of devolution.”

“The financial benefits are considerable when taken together. What makes them doubly attractive is the fact that decisions are taken by us.”

South Norfolk council leader John Fuller said: “The three counties and Peterborough have been given a once in a lifetime opportunity to make a dramatic step change in their leadership in IT, clean energy, health, genetics and the environment to really transform our economy for the better. The mayor will have a pivotal role in raising finance from government and other sources which can be spent locally on housing and transport infrastructure so that economic growth is matched to the things the maintain quality of life.

“It is at least a billion pounds more than we would ever have been able to get before and the government making good on its promise that local people get a greater say in local destinies.”

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  • N4Norfolk, not a chance in hell or heaven, this person will be as popular as the PPC's that were put upon us from great height and he she will be a compliant party politician. There might be a few US or Canadian candidates being wheeled out, claiming that they have had experience at federal level, seems to be the latest fad here to make out these people are Independent. As an Independent he she should want to get the public behind their decisions, ask for a vote amongst us all, whether we agree with their reorganisation plans that has got ABSOLUTELY NOTHING IN IT FOR US VOTERS. But voting is so last year, and dictating to us is the thing to do, just look at how cruel they treat the disabled.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, March 17, 2016

  • As if this is going to make any difference whatsoever to anything, infrastructure is lagging behind population needs exponentially, no Mayor, quango or any other person in authority will take any resposibility for the mess the region is in or the deeper mess that's to come.

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    Wednesday, March 16, 2016

  • Dear Archie - ' ELECTED mayor?' How can anyone have any idea who will make the best choice without there ever having been any precedent? My guess is that a few hand-picked individuals will be proposed and the populace will be obliged to select the likely candidate from these.

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    Wednesday, March 16, 2016

  • For goodness sake, if this happens, please don't let any Norwich or Norfolk councillors near the money, there will be cycle lanes and speedhumps everywhwre!

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    IT Man

    Wednesday, March 16, 2016

  • "worth almost £1 billion" ? that the salary of the tory 'appointed' 'Mayor' ??..

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    Wednesday, March 16, 2016

  • .....Does this mean the NDR will go all the way.. to unite North Norwich people with the A47 ?.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, March 16, 2016

  • A Mayor who takes his responsibility and culpability seriously please for decisions in his name as though it was his money. Not faceless, mindless, councilors like at present.

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    Wednesday, March 16, 2016

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