The West of England Combined Authority will hold its first scrutiny meeting on Friday September 22.
The Scrutiny Committee is made up of 11 members from the constituent members of the Combined Authority – Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol City and South Gloucestershire councils.
The committee will appoint a chair, and consider reports on the Combined Authority’s budget and investment priorities, the Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) and the Joint Transport Study (JTS).
The JSP sets out the long-term development needs of the West of England, including Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset. This includes identifying housing and employment land, transport and other infrastructure needed to support planned growth to 2036.
Draft proposals were set out in a consultation document produced by the four councils, Towards the Emerging Spatial Strategy, in November 2016. Feedback has been considered and evaluated and officers will present the Scrutiny Committee with an update on this.
The JTS is an independent technical study commissioned by the four authorities, part funded by Highways England, which sets out a vision to address current challenges and future growth on the transport network up to 2036 and beyond, to support the JSP. Public consultation on the transport vision was carried out in December 2016.
The JTS does not represent adopted policy. This will happen through the refresh of the Joint Local Transport Plan (JLTP) covering the Combined Authority area, and North Somerset, next year. This essential tool will ensure that transport measures are planned in a way that best meets the needs of the area, ensuring the right infrastructure is in place to support anticipated future growth.
The views of the Scrutiny Committee will be considered before both reports go to the next West of England Combined Authority and West of England Joint Committee meetings on October 30.
The meeting will be held at Engine Shed in Bristol at 10am. The full meeting papers can be found on the West of England Combined Authority website www.westofengland-ca.org.uk/meetings/
Notes to editors:
The West of England Combined Authority continues to work closely with North Somerset Council, building on a legacy of successful joint working between the four authorities. North Somerset will send along representatives to the meeting to comment on items that affect them, but will not be full voting members of the WECA scrutiny committee.
Following the Scrutiny Committee, a Joint Spatial Plan Publication Document, will be discussed at the West of England Combined Authority and Joint Committee meetings on October 30. This document will then be published for a further round of consultation in November / December before being submitted to the Secretary of State in March.
The preparation of a Joint Local Transport Plan (JLTP) covering the Combined Authority area, and North Somerset, was agreed at a West of England Combined Authority meeting in June.
Scrutiny committee members – listed below – have been selected on a politically-proportionate basis, based on population:
Cllr Tim Ball (Liberal Democrat, Bath & North East Somerset Council)
Cllr Liz Richardson (Conservative, Bath & North East Somerset Council)
Cllr Paul Hughes (Conservative, South Gloucestershire Council)
Cllr Katherine Morris (Conservative, South Gloucestershire Council)
Cllr Pat Hockey (Liberal Democrat, South Gloucestershire Council)
Cllr Kye Dudd (Labour, Bristol City Council)
Cllr Margaret Hickman (Labour, Bristol City Council)
Cllr Steve Pearce (Labour, Bristol City Council)
Cllr Mark Weston (Conservative, Bristol City Council)
Cllr Geoff Gollop (Conservative, Bristol City Council)
Cllr Stephen Clarke (Green Party, Bristol City Council)