The new Mayor of the West of England, Tim Bowles, was officially sworn in to office yesterday at the Engine Shed in Bristol.
Bowles said he was proud to be elected as the first West of England Mayor: “This is an exciting time for our region as the West of England Combined Authority takes on new powers, funding and responsibilities from central government.
“This means that as a region we can be much more ambitious. We can make decisions about things that affect our residents every day. Decisions about homes, transport, skills for jobs and how we support business to ensure our economy continues to grow.
Bowles aims to work collaboratively with his colleagues in the Combined Authority: Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, Cllr Tim Warren, Leader of Bath & North East Somerset Council and Cllr Matthew Riddle, Leader of South Gloucestershire Council.
He said: “I know the three councils have worked together very successfully over many years – I want to build on that track record. Together we will make decisions about what is best for our region, cutting across the divides of council boundaries.
“Whilst we appreciate that North Somerset Council is not part of the Combined Authority at this stage, we will continue to work closely with them to ensure we can deliver economic growth for the wider region.
“Over the coming weeks and months I’ll be going out and about to meet as many people as I can. I’ll be talking to businesses of all sizes, transport operators, our local colleges and universities and community groups, to talk about the challenges we face and how we can work together to benefit everyone across our region.”