Major investments to redevelop the region and create a sustainable transport network to drive recovery will be discussed at the next West of England Combined Authority (WECA) Committee meeting, on Friday 29 January, at 10.30am.
The new West of England Strategy for Homes will be discussed, alongside a plan to decarbonise transport. In addition to these long-term strategies for the future, a £19.5m redevelopment of Kingswood High Street and £11.8m to support film / television and creative industries across the West of England will also be considered.
Mayor of the West of England, Tim Bowles, said: “Creating a strategy for homes and plans to decarbonise transport are going to have a big impact for years to come. This is precisely the sort of joined-up, long-term planning and investment that a Combined Authority is here to achieve, correcting decades of underinvestment that had previously been seen in the West of England.
“Alongside the long-term, we’ll also be discussing schemes that will see spades in the ground a lot sooner, like at Bottle Yard Studios and the improvements to Kingswood High Street.”
Further investments to drive the region’s recovery with a £6m investment for innovation in business will also be discussed by Regional Mayor, Tim Bowles, Bath & North East Somerset Council Leader, Cllr Dine Romero, Bristol Mayor, Marvin Rees and South Gloucestershire Council Leader, Cllr Toby Savage – who is also Deputy Regional Mayor. The Chair of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Professor Steve West, also attends committee meetings.
The WECA Committee meeting – which will be live-streamed on the West of England Combined Authority’s YouTube channel – will be held jointly with a meeting of the West of England Joint Committee, which is the decision-making body for issues relating to the West of England Combined Authority, Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire councils, and the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership. Members of the public will be able to present their submitted statements at the virtual meeting.
The WECA Overview & Scrutiny Committee will meet in advance of the committees on Wednesday 27 January at 10.30am.
This is the last planned meeting ahead of the scheduled election on Thursday 6 May.
For more details and agendas please visit the meetings page of our website.