The prospect of a combined authority for Leicestershire - covering the county council, city council and district councils including Melton - has moved another step closer with members of the public now being urged to have their say on online proposals.
If the Government gave the go-ahead, the combined authority would guide decisions on transport, planning, skills and other key issues affecting the area.
It would not replace individual councils and their current services but would enable them to work more closely together with aims such as boosting jobs, improving transport and taking decisions locally.
The councils say the proposed authority would oversee:
l Planning: Councils could work together to agree a clearer, long-term framework to meet future housing and employment needs for the whole area and identify future growth locations.
l Transport: Focussing on long-term investment in road, rail and other public transport infrastructure.
l Skills: Driving and delivering skills and training, to give local people the chance to get better qualifications and employment.
l Devolution: Closer working through a combined authority is an important step to getting more powers from Government, ensuring local decisions are made locally.
Speaking to the Melton Times previously on the proposals, Melton Council leader Byron Rhodes said: “The proposed authority would not replace individual councils and their current services, but would take control of decisions on transport and other issues affecting the city and county area, that are currently taken in Whitehall.
“I think it’s too good an opportunity to miss. The combined authority would be a ‘coalition of the willing’ between our local councils, working closely with the local enterprise partnership.
“Benefits that could be noticed by the public include more job boosting initiatives such as enterprise zones, transport improvements and a joined-up approach to planning.”
People of the Melton borough can have their say on the proposals, before October 20, by visiting www.llca.org.uk
Anyone who has any questions can visit the website’s FAQ section or email email@example.com
After people’s views have been heard it’s intended for a combined authority proposal to be submitted to the Government early next year.