Lancashire councils to decide on Combined Authority

Lancashire councils to decide on Combined Authority

Councillors in Fylde will decide whether the borough wants to join forces with authorities across Lancashire to create a Combined Authority.

Fylde Council will be the ninth authority in Lancashire to debate the proposals at a council meeting on Monday 14 December.

Councillors will be asked to note the progress made so far and decide on whether they want to agree in principle to the Combined Authority and take part in a public consultation early in the New Year.

Councillor Sue Fazackerley, Fylde Council leader, said: ‘We’ve seen all the coverage about how Greater Manchester and Merseyside are leading the way in driving forward the “northern powerhouse” and it’s important Fylde doesn’t get left behind.

‘The Government is looking to give local areas more power which we can use on strategic-level matters such as housing, transport and skills – areas of expertise which can be done better by councils working together.

‘Fylde Council will continue with the same role and upon the same footprint as now. What will change, if a combined authority is adopted, is that each district council will send a delegate to the new combined body to speak up for Fylde on these strategic-level areas of policy.

‘We want to create a place where people want to invest and create jobs – if we can work together to ensure that people in our area have the right skills we will be a much more attractive proposition to investors.’

All 12 district councils, as well as Lancashire County Council and the two unitary authorities – Blackburn with Darwen and Blackpool Councils – have been involved in the process.

The report going to Fylde’s Full Council – and now published on the council’s website - asks councillors to push forward the move that could see Lancashire Councils gain more power from central government and provide a stronger voice for Lancashire.

If Fylde councillors agree, consultations will start in the New Year.