Barnsley Council has formally ratified the proposal for the Sheffield City Region Devolution Agreement following full support from Thursday’s’s Full Council meeting.
Barnsley is leading the way for the Sheffield City Region by becoming its first local authority to ratify the proposal, following consideration of the feedback from the City Region wide consultation.
Cllr Sir Steve Houghton CBE, Leader of Barnsley Council, said: “The feedback from the consultation shows that people want stronger local control on decision making for the region. This is something that I believe is crucial in creating a brighter future and a better Barnsley. With this in mind, we are pleased that Full Council has ratified the Sheffield City Region Devolution Agreement for Barnsley.
“The deal will bring welcome investment into our borough; expanding our business parks and giving them the infrastructure they need to thrive; boosting our post 16 education and training offer helping to widen the opportunities for traineeships and apprenticeships, building skills from within the borough; supporting our residents to become homeowners by building more affordable homes; supporting our businesses to become more productive, widening their customer base making them more profitable and resilient for the future.
“Every day, I see can see the exciting progress being made on our Better Barnsley town centre regeneration. Our new town centre will be vibrant, full of opportunity and potential. Having access to devolved funds will help us take the project to another level, driving further investment into the town.
“I am very proud of our town and I feel that the devolution proposal will bring positive benefits to our borough.”
Sir Nigel Knowles, Chair of Sheffield City Region LEP, also expressed his delight at Barnsley’s decision:
“I welcome Barnsley Council supporting the Sheffield City Region Devolution deal. This deal will enable local leaders from the public and private sector to deliver our Growth Plan which will mean a stronger economy and more and better jobs for people in Sheffield City Region.”
Full Council members also agreed to delegate authority to Barnsley Council’s Chief Executive, Diana Terris, to consent to orders relating to the Mayoral Combined Authority, in consultation with the leader and wider cabinet members.
Other Local Authorities in the City Region will now begin their ratification processes with the aim of the proposal being agreed in full in March.
More information on Barnsley’s ratification, including a full list of benefits and results of the consultation visit Barnsley Council’s website.