We will work with new mayor, says North Somerset Council

PUBLISHED: 14:04 05 May 2017

North Somerset Council says it will work with newly-elected Metro Mayor Tim Bowles.

Voters in Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire went to the polls yesterday (Thursday) to choose the first ever mayor for the West of England.

North Somerset Council rejected the chance to be involved in the devolution deal last summer, with councillors saying it seemed on paper to be a deal too good to be true.

Mr Bowles beat Labour candidate Lesley Ann Mansell after second preference votes were counted as neither reached the automatic 50 per cent threshold needed to win the election in the first round.

Mr Bowles secured 70,300 votes following the second preference count, compared to Ms Mansell’s 65,923.

The turnout, however, was just 29.7 per cent.

Mr Bowles will be responsible for shaping various portfolios, including housing and transport plans.

A spokesman for North Somerset Council said: “We remain fully committed to partnership working in the West of England, including progressing the Joint Spatial Plan and City Deal investment programme.

“As part of the West of England Partnership, we have a long track record of working with the councils of Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, and South Gloucestershire.

“This partnership is well-established and successful, with numerous schemes successfully delivered and almost £700million more in the delivery pipeline.

“We will continue that work with the newly-elected metro mayor.”

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