Warrington Borough Council’s executive board has approved plans for a devolution deal with Cheshire.
The proposals would see Warrington forming a sub-regional partnership with Cheshire West and Chester Council, and Cheshire East Council.
The executive board’s approval enables formal public consultation on the proposed deal and governance arrangements to begin in the summer. A final decision will be made by the full council at its meeting in July 2017.
In common with major devolution deals in other parts of the country, it is proposed that the Combined Authority would be chaired by a directly elected Mayor. The Mayor is seen by central government as a vital ingredient to ensure the Combined Authority is accountable for its new powers and supported by visible leadership.
The Mayoral Combined Authority is a formal mechanism which would enable the three Councils to take joint decisions on growth and public service reform. It would formalise existing partnership arrangements and provide a legal mechanism for receiving new powers and responsibilities from central government.