Vote due on £1bn devolution deal which may go ahead without North Somerset

PUBLISHED: 10:08 29 June 2016 | UPDATED: 10:08 29 June 2016

The Town Hall in Weston-super-Mare.

The Town Hall in Weston-super-Mare.


Three councils are expected to vote on the £1billion deal tonight (Wednesday) which was previously rejected by North Somerset

North Somerset Council's chief executive Mike Jackson and council leader Nigel Ashton.North Somerset Council's chief executive Mike Jackson and council leader Nigel Ashton.

North Somerset Council decided not to be a part of a proposed West of England Mayoral Authority, which would have been created in exchange for investment and more powers from the Government.

The deal originally involved the West of England region, made up of North Somerset, Bristol South Gloucestershire and Bath and North East Somerset, being run by a mayor – something some North Somerset councillors said was bad for democracy.

The area would have received £30million a year for 30 years, and powers over adult education, housing, transport and investment.

This deal still stands if the three other councils vote in favour of it tonight – but it will go ahead without North Somerset.

At the most recent North Somerset Council meeting, chief executive Mike Jackson said: “The leader and I met with the Bristol mayor and the leaders of the South Gloucestershire, Bristol, and Bath and North East Somerset councils.

“I think it is fair to say all five authorities share the concerns this council has regarding a directly-elected mayor but on balance they intend to continue with the vote.

“They also agreed to continue the successful joint working across the West of England regardless of the outcome.”

We will update the Mercury website with the results as they come in this evening – and you can also keep up-to-date by following us on Twitter @WSMERCURY.

The Town Hall in Weston-super-Mare.The Town Hall in Weston-super-Mare.

Bath and North East Somerset’s cabinet will debate it at 3.30pm, and the full council will discuss it at 6.30pm.

Bristol City Council’s meeting will be at 6.30pm, and South Gloucestershire’s starts at 7pm.

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