Hosting the first meeting of the North Wales Regional Board, Aled Roberts (Wrexham) said:
The new North Wales Regional Board established by the WLGA comprises the leaders and chief executives from Wrexham, Flintshire, Gwynedd, Ynys Mon, Conwy and Denbighshire councils. It will initially explore the opportunities for joint working in five key areas: decriminalised parking, Telecare, Revenue Collection, School transport and customer contact centres.
Russell Roberts (Rhondda Cynon Taf), WLGA Spokesperson for Improvement added:
'The signing of the North Wales Board's statement of intent shows the substantial progress being made by Welsh local government through innovation and collaboration. This bold approach to partnership government locally is our response to the Assembly Government's Making the Connections agenda and demonstrates our commitment to improving local public services.'
The Board of 'Connecting South East Wales' has already met and it is anticipated that South West Wales Regional Board and the Central Wales 'Plus' Board will meet within the next two months.
The Central Wales 'Plus' region includes Powys and Ceredigion, who will also lead on rural issues with other authorities with large rural areas.