New Mayor chairs his first West of England Combined Authority meeting

By Leah Smith in Politics

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 took place at 9.30 a.m. on Wednesday, 28th June, at BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7RG. The other members of the Combined Authority are Cllr Tim Warren, Leader of Bath and 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.