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Greater Cheshire devo discussions to be revived

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A potential devolution deal for Greater Cheshire is set to be given fresh impetus after Warrington BC’s controlling Labour group decided against seeking to join the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

LGC reported in November how Warrington was open to being involved in a mayoral devolution deal and was considering joining the Liverpool City Region.

But a spokesperson for Warrington confirmed to LGC this week that the “wheels are turning” on reviving a potential deal with Cheshire East, and Cheshire West & Chester councils after the borough’s ruling Labour group voted in favour of the proposal at a meeting last Saturday.

A report is currently being prepared with a view to it going before the council’s executive committee on February 13, LGC understands.

Greater Cheshire’s devolution bid stalled last summer over the government’s insistence on an elected mayor for the region.

A joint statement from Samantha Dixon (Lab) and Rachel Bailey (Con), the leaders of Cheshire West & Chester and Cheshire East councils respectively, said: “We note the outcome of Warrington’s recent Labour group meeting and understand that their position will be subject to a formal decision of their executive board. We recognise that further detailed work will be needed to secure the best possible devolution deal for our residents.

“This will require further negotiation with government, formal decisions by all councils and will, of course, be subject to full consultation with our residents and businesses.”



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