Council Leader backs 'One Yorkshire' devolution proposal
Leader has given his support to the ‘One Yorkshire’ proposal in a bid to
prevent the Government using delivery model differences to stop the devolution
of power and resources to the region.
Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council
The Leader of
Wakefield Council Cllr Peter Box CBE said: “I believe that a City Region
devolution model had the potential to deliver the biggest growth in the
shortest time for Wakefield.
“It's clear that the overwhelming majority of councils believe that that growth
can be delivered on a wider Yorkshire geography.
“At the end of the day though we all want an ambitious devolution deal.
“Over the last few weeks it's become apparent that the government will use any
difference between us over the best model of delivery as a reason for not
devolving any of the powers and resources that we need to deliver our shared
“That cannot and must not be allowed to happen.
“As someone who chaired the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Assembly for almost
10 years, I am totally committed to getting the best deal for Wakefield, the
wider region and its residents.
“I will therefore be putting my full support behind the One Yorkshire proposal
and will work closely with colleagues across the county to try and ensure that
we have a deal in place by 2020.
“I will be working to make sure that we get a deal which matches Wakefield's
ambition, has a strong sub regional element and ensures that any bureaucracy
and red tape is kept to a minimum.
“Finally I hope that the government will see sense and avoid the wholly
unnecessary cost of having a mayoral election in Sheffield this May.
“An interim mayor is clearly the most appropriate option in the present
“A Coalition of the United has the best chance of transforming our region and
making a real difference to the lives of those people we are privileged to