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Council Wants To Combine Forces

Tuesday August 27 2013


Steve Houghton Steve Houghton


BARNSLEY Council wants to form a combined authority with eight other councils in order to bring greater economic growth to the borough.

It would see Barnsley, along with Doncaster, Rotherham, Sheffield - and the district councils of Bassetlaw, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire Dales and North East Derbyshire - join forces.

By forming a combined authority, it would allow the councils to take decisions jointly across their area to drive forward economic growth.

Council leader Sir Steve Houghton said the new authority, to be known as the Sheffield City Region Authority, would be good news for Barnsley.

Cllr Houghton, who is chairman of the 'shadow' authority, said he welcomed the government formally recognising the authority and urged residents and business leaders to support the proposals through a public consultation running until October 7.

"I would like to assure residents and businesses that this arrangement comes at no extra cost to taxpayers," Cllr Houghton said.

"It wouldn't take any powers away from the local authorities but instead would take powers away from Westminster."

Should it go ahead, the combined authority would replace the South Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority and have responsibility for transport, economic development and regeneration.

It would streamline the decision-making process in those areas, which in the case of transport and the economy, can often overlap borough boundaries.

It also means the public, businesses and agencies would only have to deal with one decision-making body rather than several.

Responses as part of the consultation must be made by October 7 and emailed here.

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Reply Posted by Mick on Tuesday August 27 2013 at 13:26
The thought of Houghton & his officials getting control of any more public money should strike terror into the heart of people everywhere. He's an incompetent fool.

Reply Posted by Mark on Tuesday August 27 2013 at 14:36
It really is a frightening thought. Heaven help us when all these 'comrades' get together in one room.

Reply Posted by Stevo on Tuesday August 27 2013 at 19:32
Why on earth should we join forces with councils such as Rotherham and Doncaster?
Both have had meteoric cock ups over the last few years, I often berate BMBC for their buffoonery but they cant hold a candle to Rov and Donny!
Say they did join forces what would we call them?
The "super" buffoons?

Reply Posted by Fawkes on Tuesday August 27 2013 at 21:02
More tax payers £££ .So the councillors can stick there snouts further in to the trough .

Reply Posted by Paul on Tuesday August 27 2013 at 21:12
The same people who gave us high speed Internet , trams and even more expenses ...sounds a bit like Yorkshire forward , the very same people who we gave barnsley town centre to ,and bought it back for £10 million,,,,
What a joke ...

Reply Posted by ET on Wednesday August 28 2013 at 08:45
Haven't we the people of Barnsley got a say in this? or have we to stand and watch another quango invented!!!

Reply Posted by rainbow on Wednesday August 28 2013 at 11:51
More jobs for the boys, consultation trips, gala luncheons, and all we'll get is more tax payers money wasted on projects like Digital media.


Reply Posted by Mick on Wednesday August 28 2013 at 17:49
And I see today that Houghton is also a non executive director for Barnsley Hospital a job that pays about £10k for a few days work a year. He should spread the wealth & cut the unemployment list a bit.

I wonder how many more top-up jobs he has and how he fits them all in?

Reply Posted by dd on Wednesday August 28 2013 at 20:55
council job losses 1oos . councillors jobs ,zilch what a joke.

Reply Posted by guesty mcguest on Sunday September 1 2013 at 21:18
No extra cost to the tax payer but houghton will be getting paid more for it I guarantee it.