We are ready and able to work together for region - super-authority chief

Cities minister Greg Clark with regional political and economic leaders (7228115)

Cities minister Greg Clark with regional political and economic leaders (7228124)

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THE head of a new “super authority” has insisted the North-East’s councils are ready to work together for the benefit of the whole region, following talks with a government minister.

Simon Henig, leader of Durham County Council and chair of the new North East Combined Authority (NECA), was speaking following a regional meeting with Cities and Constitution minister Greg Clark.

Six council chiefs attended Monday’s (June 16) summit in Newcastle, including Paul Watson, who earlier this year delayed signing Sunderland City Council up for the initiative, and Paul Woolston, chair of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (Lep).

Councillor Henig said: “I hope this sends a strong message that we are ready and able to work together to deliver what this region needs to transform its economic fortunes.”

Mr Clark, who was born in Middlesbrough, now plans to hold further talks with the region’s business leaders and MPs.

Cllr Henig said: “These meetings will ensure there is good shared knowledge and understanding both regionally and nationally and that we tackle improving the economy, transport and skills together in a unified way.”

Mr Clark said the meeting had been constructive, adding: “By working so closely together, the North-East can make the most of the powers the Government is devolving them to create a new era of prosperity for everyone in the region.”

The NECA has powers over transport, skills and economic development across seven councils and nearly a million people from the River Tees to the Scottish border.

Mr Woolston said: “Through the strategic economic plan we have already shown the strength of partnership working, developing a cohesive and inclusive plan to create more and better jobs for the North-East.

“Today’s meeting represents the next step in this journey.

“By working together we will strengthen the North-East offer, attracting greater levels of investment and building our national and international reputation to enable us to grow a prosperous economy.”

Mr Clark’s visit came as the Government agreed “City Deals” for Tees Valley and Sunderland-South Tyneside which it is hoped will create more than 8,000 jobs and attract £300m in private sector investment.

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2:19pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Durhamite1979 says...

All aboard the Gravy Train! Next stop somewhere with lots of mirrors!
All aboard the Gravy Train! Next stop somewhere with lots of mirrors! Durhamite1979
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2:51pm Tue 17 Jun 14

settheworldonfire says...

Durhamite1979 wrote:
All aboard the Gravy Train! Next stop somewhere with lots of mirrors!
We do not want this...As usual the same pigs will be feeding from the troughs.....Get this idiot HENIG VOTED OUT.......
[quote][p][bold]Durhamite1979[/bold] wrote: All aboard the Gravy Train! Next stop somewhere with lots of mirrors![/p][/quote]We do not want this...As usual the same pigs will be feeding from the troughs.....Get this idiot HENIG VOTED OUT....... settheworldonfire
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4:50pm Wed 18 Jun 14

peter laidler says...

What a nice team photo. Even the neck ties almost match, an attempt no doubt to project the right corporate image? It will be interesting to see the expenses sheets for this little lot once they build up a head of steam. Makes me wonder how this county ever got by before Simon Henig got his hands on the tiller? If he stays around long enough you never know he may well put forward a case for independence. Go to it men
What a nice team photo. Even the neck ties almost match, an attempt no doubt to project the right corporate image? It will be interesting to see the expenses sheets for this little lot once they build up a head of steam. Makes me wonder how this county ever got by before Simon Henig got his hands on the tiller? If he stays around long enough you never know he may well put forward a case for independence. Go to it men peter laidler
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8:20am Wed 25 Jun 14

nomad1947 says...

It's a case of the same old pack of cards being shuffled, again result will be the same failure. Publish the strategic plan let everyone see it.
It's a case of the same old pack of cards being shuffled, again result will be the same failure. Publish the strategic plan let everyone see it. nomad1947
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