Leaders from the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire (PUSH) and the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) have written to Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, the Minister of State for Universities, Skills and Cities to tell him that they are keen to explore the option of a combined authority for the Solent Area.
They also asked for feedback on a Government consultation that took place earlier in the year inviting comments on the proposals to change legislation relating to Combined Authorities to allow greater flexibility around county and district boundaries.
The councils that are part of PUSH and the Solent LEP have been working closely together for over 13 years. Following discussions between the authorities in December they outlined the following options:
Chairman of PUSH, Councillor Seán Woodward said: "This is a great opportunity to deliver services and take control locally of current national budgets to enable economic improvement such as transport initiatives in the Solent area and I hope the Government is able to provide us with the information we need to drive forward this exciting and potentially productive initiative in the Solent area."
PUSH in collaboration with the Solent LEP is hoping to hold a half day workshop early in 2015 to discuss the options further. In the letter an invitation was extended to the most appropriate Minister or a civil servant to attend the workshop as a key speaker and discuss Combined Authorities in more detail.
Notes to editor:
The letter was signed by leaders including:
Chairman of the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire
Executive Leader of Fareham Borough Council
Leader of Portsmouth City Council
Leader of Southampton City Council
Leader of Isle of Wight Council
Leader of Eastleigh Borough Council
Chairman, Solent Local Enterprise Partnership
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