by neildarby on 17 December, 2014
Following on from the Scottish Independence referendum in September, motions on Devolution for the North West have been proposed, amended and accepted by Lancashire County Council and Preston City Council by County Cllr Bill Winlow and Cllr Neil Darby. Both motions call for the setting up of a constitutional convention to work out a way forward and are clear that there should be no added layers of government.
We need to work out how authorities can combine their efforts better to serve the public and we need to involve people from all walks of life in the discussions. Whatever happens, we believe that that any extra powers and financial arrangements given to Scotland should also be available to the English regions as well as Wales and Northern Ireland The process needs to start now but should not be rushed and Westminster will also need to be changed in the process.
Councillor Neil Darby said “It is vital that Preston and Lancashire act quickly to make sure that we get the best deal for Preston. All too often in the North West the wishes of the two big cities – Manchester and Liverpool – take precedent over the needs of Preston and Lancashire.”
“Preston has huge potential due to being a major transport hub with excellent road and rail links. With the right powers devolved to local people, we can turn our city into a roaring success.”1 Comment