“City Deal”on the table for Bournemouth and Poole

"City Deal"on the table for Bournemouth and Poole

 

BOURNEMOUTH, Poole and Christchurch have been invited to compete for a ‘City Deal’, which carries an incentive of devolved powers and extra funding.

The area is one of 20 included in the second wave of City Deals, which are designed to kickstart local growth and create jobs.

Politicians and business leaders across the conurbation will have to submit proposals showing how they intend to strengthen governance, harness greater private sector input and increase efficiency.

If successful, they will get a bespoke ‘deal’ from the Government that will give them greater freedom from Whitehall control, but Bournemouth would not become a city.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, inset, said: “I want Bournemouth to come up with ambitious and innovative proposals to help them make changes that will be felt by everyone across their region.

“In the best English tradition we have witnessed a quiet revolution across the nation’s eight largest cities.

“From control over buses and trains and the freedom to plug skills gaps, to powers to ‘earn back’ tax and set up local investment funds to spend on local projects – the deals are unlocking the huge potential of our cities so they can go for growth.

And cities minister Greg Clark said: “For Britain to prosper we need Bournemouth to prosper.

“City Deals put Bournemouth in the driving street. It can seize the initiative and show what it needs to prosper and grow, even if it’s new and different.

“If it’s in Bournemouth’s interest and the national interest, we’ll strike a deal and make it happen.”

Cllr John Beesley, leader of Bournemouth council, right, said he welcomed the opportunity to bid for a deal.

“Success in the City Deal process could help us tackle our biggest challenge – accessing finance to invest in the infrastructure that will enable us to unlock our potential,” he said.

“It could help us to tackle some of our barriers to economic growth issues and prove to be a catalyst for further improvement and change in the conurbation.”

Bournemouth Echo

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