New Mayor chairs his first West of England Combined Authority meeting

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Tim Bowles, Mayer of the West of England
Tim Bowles

The new Mayor of the West of England, Tim Bowles, is set to chair his first meeting of the West of England Combined Authority – which has new powers for transport, housing, adult education and skills.

The public meeting will take place at 9.30am on Wednesday June 28, at BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7RG.

The other members of the Combined Authority are Cllr Tim Warren, Leader of Bath & North East Somerset Council; Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol and Cllr Matthew Riddle, Leader of South Gloucestershire Council.

A Deputy Mayor will be appointed, and members will formally agree ways of working to ensure the organisation makes the most of new devolved powers, which will unlock opportunities and funding for the region at a scale not seen before.

Members will discuss progress on how the Combined Authority will prioritise funding to projects that generate economic growth, including funding for skills, business and infrastructure. The meeting will also discuss the terms of reference around transport powers devolved to the Mayor and the West of England Combined Authority, to ensure maximum benefit to local residents.

Mayor Tim Bowles said: “Taking on these new powers, funding and responsibilities from central Government means we can be much more ambitious as a region.

“This is an evolution of the effective joint working that’s been going on across the West of England for many years. By working together we can achieve so much more; together we will make decisions about what is best for our region and its residents, cutting across the divides of council boundaries.”

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