Harborough District Council looks at joining ‘super authority’

Harborough District Council leader Blake Pain
Harborough District Council leader Blake Pain

A proposal by nine Leicestershire councils to work together in a new combined authority on regional issues has been put out for public consultation.

he nine councils - including Harborough District Council - hope they can get more Government money if they work together on issues like economic growth, skills and training, transport and planning.

The public can have its say on the proposals up until next Tuesday at http://llca.org.uk

“Boosting jobs, improving transport and taking decisions locally – that’s the purpose of a proposed combined authority for Leicester and Leicestershire” says a statement from Harborough District Council.

“We’re taking the opportunity to boost the interests of Leicester and Leicestershire” added Harborough District Council leader Blake Pain.

There are almost a million people living in Leicester and Leicestershire, under nine councils: Leicester City Council, Leicestershire County Council, Blaby District Council, Charnwood Borough Council, Harborough District Council, Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, Melton Borough Council, North West Leicestershire District Council, and Oadby and Wigston Borough Council.

A new Combined Authority would not replace individual councils, but would help them to work more closely together.

It would oversee:

* Planning: councils could work together on future housing and employment needs for the whole area.

* Transport: focus on long-term investment in road, rail and other public transport.

* Skills: driving and delivering skills and training, to give people the chance to get better qualifications and jobs.

* Devolution: more power devolved from Westminster, meaning more decisions are made locally.