60 Second: Come the devolution, brother


Come the devolution, brother


A nation holds it’s breath… who will be the new Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough? Or indeed Dunstable, Tees Valley or the West of England?

Well, you’re about to find out on May 4th when they are elected. In all, there will be six new Mayors with wide-ranging powers, including economic development, transport and housing.


But these powers are constricted by the combined authorities who make the decisions. So the new Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough (don’t try this with a few drinks) will have the Leaders of seven existing local authorities – both Counties and Districts, to help guide his or her path.

Confused? And so you should be. Unlike Sadiq Khan in London, these Mayors will not have call-in powers… and here’s the important word: yet.

The cynic (moi?) will ask if we really need another layer of local government, when the existing one is already complicated enough.

Remember the good old days of County Structure Plans. Well, we’re not going back there, but we are on the road.

But a larger tranche of the UK will be ‘unMayored’, if that’s the right term. So, except for Civic Mayors (pay attention at the back) whose role is mostly ceremonial who wear chains and have plush cars, places like Surrey, Sussex and Kent won’t have a new-style Mayor.

And like New York, Peterborough is so good that it will be ‘Mayored twice’: one newly elected Mayor and alongside the existing Civic Mayor of the City of Peterborough.

What a tangled web we weave.

Have a good weekend,


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