The West of England Combined Authority’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee will meet at the Guildhall, Bath, on Wednesday 19 September at 10.30am.
Members will receive an update on the development of the Local Industrial Strategy, which will set out how the region can achieve its ambition for clean and inclusive economic growth.
The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) and Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) are working very closely with central Government and local businesses on the Industrial Strategy. Businesses and stakeholders from Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset are being encouraged to attend a series of events, kicking off with the launch in Keynsham on Friday 21 September.
The committee will also receive an update on WECA’s business plan, including early successes from the £4m Future Bright project, which aims to boost skills and career opportunities for adults across the region, and the upcoming launch of a new Careers Hub, which will work with schools and colleges to improve careers opportunities and work experiences for young people.
The committee, made up of 11 members from the across the Combined Authority region, is chaired by Cllr Stephen Clarke (Bristol City Council).
WECA continues to work closely with North Somerset Council, building on a legacy of successful joint working between the four authorities.
The part of the meeting attended by North Somerset councillors will hear an update on the Joint Spatial Plan, which is being led by the four West of England councils: Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.
The full meeting papers, including details of how members of the public can register to speak, are available on the West of England Combined Authority website www.westofengland-ca.org.uk/meetings/
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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 Brian Allinson (Conservative, South Gloucestershire Council)
- Cllr Katherine Morris (Conservative, South Gloucestershire Council)
- Cllr Pat Hockey (Liberal Democrat, South Gloucestershire Council)
- Cllr Carole Johnson (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)
North Somerset will send along representatives to the meeting, but are not members of the WECA scrutiny committee.