A few weeks ago at a council meeting, my fellow councillors and I took part in a debate about Chesterfield Borough Council joining a combined authority for Derby and Derbyshire.
This would include Derby City Council, Derbyshire County Council and the other seven district and borough councils in Derbyshire.
Councillor John Burrows.
Quite rightly, we had a proper debate and a free vote on this important issue. I’m pleased to say this resulted in support from all parties to go ahead and become a full member of the new Derby and Derbyshire Combined Authority.
This is not about giving up any of this council’s powers or about creating a super-council for the whole of Derbyshire. Instead, it gives us a far stronger negotiating position with central government.
Building on the good relationships we already have with our neighbours, I am confident this combined authority will be able to get hold of powers and funding currently held in London.
Because we know our area and our communities, Derbyshire councils will be able to make better decisions than Whitehall civil servants. And by working together, we will have far more clout than any individual council working alone.
Priorities for the combined authority will include creating better opportunities for jobs and employment and better education and training.