In response to the announcement that the Leeds City Region will be submitting a devolution bid to the government on Friday 4 September, Calderdale Council’s Leader, Cllr Tim Swift, said:
“I am pleased to support the proposal for greater devolution to the Leeds City Region – it’s the best achievable solution for Calderdale. We are committed to growing the Calderdale economy to build a fairer community, and boosting infrastructure, transport, jobs, housing and business support – building on the existing Leeds City Region devolution deal is the best way to achieve this.
“Calderdale holds a unique position in the Northern Powerhouse, lying between the two great cities of Leeds and Manchester. As a result we’re likely to benefit from the significant investment planned by both regions in our shared infrastructure, driving economic growth and creating new jobs. Calderdale is already benefitting from plans for over £100 million of investment through the West Yorkshire Transport Fund.
“We are keen to involve Calderdale people in our ambitious proposals, and whilst the government is considering our bid, we want local residents and businesses to continue to tell us how they think we could use the opportunity of devolution to build a stronger and fairer local economy.”