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Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire publish devolution deal details

Words: Laura Edgar
Nottingham city centre

Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire have sent a ‘strong message’ to chancellor George Osborne that now is the time for a devolution deal as the two city councils publish the region’s draft deal.

It also includes a change of name for the bid to the North Midlands Combined Authority.

The deal document, sent to Osborne and communities secretary Greg Clark just before Christmas, sets out the final negotiating position of the Nottingham and Derby city councils as well as the councils behind the bid.

According to the councils, the majority of the deal has broad agreement, although a small number of issues do require final discussion and sign-off.

The deal sets out 10 key benefits that devolution would deliver for residents and businesses of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire:

  • 55,000 new private sector jobs;

  • 77,000 extra homes;

  • An Investment Fund over 30 years to provide infrastructure such as roads and bridges;

  • Adult skills provision that better meets the needs of businesses;

  • A joint transport fund to spend on key transport improvements;

  • A better co-ordinated public transport system with ‘Oyster-style’ smart ticketing;

Councils across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire that are part of the deal:

Amber Valley Borough Council

Ashfield District Council

Bassetlaw District Council

Bolsover District Council

Broxtowe Borough Council

Chesterfield Borough Council

Derby City Council

Derbyshire County Council

Derbyshire Dales District Council

Erewash Borough Council

Gedling Borough Council

High Peak Borough Council

Mansfield District Council

Newark and Sherwood District Council

North East Derbyshire District Council

Nottingham City Council

Nottinghamshire County Council

Rushcliffe Borough Council

South Derbyshire District Council.

  • More responsive and coordinated business support for growth;

  • The creation of substantially more apprenticeship opportunities;

  • More people entering employment through better targeted local programmes; and

  • Less than 90-minute train journey times to London.

The 19 councils across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, alongside business leaders from the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership - which covers the two counties - also want to create a single combined authority for the region by March 2016.

This would be the first of its kind to feature district, borough, city and county councils. The combined authority and a new mayor elected by the two counties would receive a number of powers, including responsibility for the delivery of homes, jobs and boosting economic growth.

Jon Collins, leader of Nottingham City Council, said the decision to publish the details of the draft were published because it is “vital” that the public, businesses and other stakeholders have a “clear idea” about the “size of the prize on offer” for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire under devolution.

Anne Western, leader of Derbyshire County Council, said: “Following a request from the government, we have renamed our bid as North Midlands, which more accurately reflects the geographical area covered and will be able to align with the same name for the combined authority.

“We’ve been working with the government to finalise a deal for some time now and discussions have been extremely positive. Both sides are clearly committed to an agreement and there’s no reason to delay any further.”

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