Our Let’s Talk conversation continues with an invitation to people across York and North Yorkshire to help to shape the region’s economic future.
A consultation is under way to give residents, community groups and businesses, as well as academic institutions, charities and voluntary organisations, the chance to share their views on a proposed devolution deal.
The draft deal offers devolved powers and millions of pounds to provide better roads and public transport, improve education and job opportunities, boost economic growth and place York and North Yorkshire at the head of the green energy sector to tackle climate change.
Residents are also set to be given the chance to elect a mayor to champion our area nationally to ensure the Government delivers on commitments to level up opportunities in the region.
The planned 30-year deal has the potential to bring wide-ranging benefits for future generations to tackle regional inequalities not only by reducing the North-South divide nationally, but also helping to resolve economic differences between urban and rural areas.
Council leader, Cllr Carl Les, said: “We really need the public to come forward and give us their views on what is important to them and how devolution can benefit communities and businesses across York and North Yorkshire.
“This is about creating a brighter and more prosperous future for us all, and I would urge the vitally important business sector to come forward in particular, as business owners and entrepreneurs will be key in shaping the economy with the benefits of devolution.”
Take take part in the devolution consultation – or to tell us what is important to you locally in our Let’s Talk conversation.