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DEVOLUTION PLANS ARE GIVEN THE GO AHEAD

Councillors from across the county have voted to progress a devolution deal for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough that will see more than £600million in new funding put into the hands of local communities.

The unanimous approval will unlock millions of pounds of new government funding alongside decision making powers to improve transport, create much needed housing and boost local jobs.

The decision made by the seven councils comes after an agreement from the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership (GCGP LEP) to back the deal. This follows a public consultation as well as overwhelming support from local businesses.

The devolution deal includes significant benefits for the communities of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough including:

  • A new £600million fund (£20 million annually for the next 30 years) to support economic growth, development of local infrastructure and jobs
  • A new £100million housing fund to be invested over the next five years to build more homes in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough including affordable, rent and shared ownership
  • A new £70million fund to be used to build more council rented homes for Cambridge over the next five years because house prices are so high in the city

Councillors have also agreed for their council to become a constituent member of a Combined Authority for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough which would include a councillor from each of the local councils and a representative from the GCGP LEP.

In order to receive new funding and to make a greater number of decisions locally, Government has been clear that a Mayor for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will need to be elected by residents to chair the Combined Authority. This was also supported in the public consultation carried out by Ipsos MORI and by businesses.

Cambridgeshire County Councillor Steve Count, Chairman of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Devolution Partnership, said: ” The deal, which has been described by Government as one of the best in the country, is just the first phase. Devolution for the area will mean we can make the decisions and have the money to start tackling our transport and housing issues that hamper our growing economy. Further phases could see the Combined Authority looking at more funding and powers that will directly improve the lives of our residents, create jobs and tackle deprivation.

“The decision by all seven councils and the GCGP LEP to back the devolution deal will put powers and decisions over funding into the hands of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough communities and away from Westminster. Approval by all councils involved is testament to a joint vision and represents the support from residents and businesses through the consultation saying they want a greater number of decisions to be made locally.

“This deal allows us to grow the local economy and improve quality of life for our residents. Cambridgeshire and Peterborough needs more investment in housing and infrastructure and this is what this deal will deliver.”

Councillor John Holdich, leader of Peterborough City Council, said: “I’m exceptionally pleased to move forward with this devolution deal, which is vital to help grow our local economy and shape a prosperous Peterborough for all our residents.

“The new funding and powers unlocked by the deal are essential so that we can invest in our communities by building affordable homes, improving local infrastructure, delivering the skills training needed by local businesses and investing in an independent university.

“This deal should be seen as a major shift in local government with powers being transferred from Westminster to be decided locally here in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. I believe this is only the first step and that there’ll be even greater opportunities offered through future devolution deals, however these must always be in the best interest of our city.”

Now that all partners have agreed to the deal it is expected by the end of the year that:

  • a final written letter of consent from partner organisations will be sent to the Secretary of State
  • a draft order will be laid before Parliament
  • once given the green light by Central Government, the formation of a Shadow Combined Authority.
  • Mayoral elections are set to take place in May 2017

A real welcome to Helpston, a delightful village with a wonderful rural and historic heritage.  Be part of it !

Welcome to the Helpston Parish Council website. If you are new to the village or to this website its intention is to help residents and visitors find out about the amazing range of things that happen in this fantastic village. If you have events to publicise or suggestions to improve the website or just want to know more please contact us.  Telephone numbers for the Clerk and Chairman of the Parish Council can be found on the Parish Council page under the “village organisations”  drop down menu.

Helpston is a flourishing village between Peterborough and Stamford with a real sense of community. It was home to John Clare, the countryside poet, and his name and work are a proud part of our heritage. We have a primary school, numerous clubs and societies, and many local businesses. This web site is provided by the Parish Council to share information about the village and its community.

You can also find a library of photos of the village past and present and information about the wildlife and countryside around the village.

There are some suggested walks and of course plenty of links to information about John Clare – you can even listen to readings of his poems and sounds of the natural world.

If you have any suggestions to improve this site or would like to add information please contact us

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Roy Hinchliff December 2, 2016 at 1:59 pm

In case anyone thinks the latest trench in the pavement along Glinton Road south side is due to Gigaclear, I can confirm that the work was ordered by OpenReach (alias BT). Happy Christmas!

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