The next meeting of the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) Committee will take place on Friday 31 January, at 10.30am, at Bristol City Hall.
The Combined Authority is chaired by Regional Mayor, Tim Bowles, and is made up of the leaders and Mayor from its three member councils – Bath & North East Somerset (Leader, Cllr Dine Romero), Bristol City Council (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.
West of England Mayor, Tim Bowles, said: “We’ll be discussing investing in some major projects to benefit residents across our region. This will include £5m for the Centre for Digital Engineering Technology & Innovation to develop courses in digital engineering to upskill the current workforce and inspire school children from right across the West of England. We will also be looking at taking positive action to address the Productivity Challenge – supporting businesses to thrive across the region and become more productive.”
The WECA Committee meeting 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. The meetings will be held in the same sitting to improve efficiency – for example, there will be one combined public forum section near the start of the meeting to enable members of the public to present public items to both committees. The WECA and the Joint Committee will continue to make separate decisions on matters falling within their respective remits, but will also be able to consider some items jointly where this is appropriate.
The WECA Overview & Scrutiny Committee will meet in advance of the committees at The Guildhall, Bath, on Wednesday 29 January at 10.30am.
For more details and agendas visit: www.westofengland-ca.gov.uk/meetings.