Creating jobs, homes and keeping transport networks moving are topics at the heart of a revised devolution proposal, enthusiastically supported by the Greater Brighton Economic Board at their recent meeting. With business, education and the public sector firmly behind the proposals, the Government will receive a refined and reshaped vision to drive regional prosperity.
Cllr Daniel Humphreys, Chairman of the Greater Brighton Economic Board, said:
“We are ready to deliver our ambitions for economic and social growth, supported by a sound evidence base and an excellent governance structure. This updated and revised proposal puts the strongest case forward yet for the continued growth and productivity of the City Region, its residents, visitors and businesses.
“Our ambitions are clear. We will create the conditions for employers to flourish. We will support an environment where homes suitable for all needs can be built while respecting our unique natural environment. We will strive to get our Region moving with road, rail and cycle infrastructure that’s not just fit for purpose, but exceeds current needs so that we’re ready for the future.
“Since our initial submission to government, we have outstripped the pace that we set ourselves. Refining the proposal at this point gives us the opportunity to update our objectives, and draw attention to the substantial progress that’s being made.”
Investment of over £376million has already been attracted into the City Region through Greater Brighton City and Coast to Capital Growth deals, unlocking 14,000 jobs, 8,200 homes and 450,000 square metres of employment space. This is supplemented by the £46.73million announced on Thursday 2nd February through the Local Growth Fund deal.
In order to unlock further potential, the Government is being asked to invest £30million per year into the City Region, enabling the Greater Brighton Economic Board to deliver key improvements, leverage private sector investment and create the conditions required for sustainable growth which will underscore its status as one of the fastest growing city regions in the UK.
Key strengths in the creative and digital economy, STEM education and advanced engineering provide a sound base for the Region’s future growth, supported by and Economic Board focused on delivering jobs, homes and employment space. With representation from the public, private and educational sectors, the Economic Board is well placed to take advantage of future opportunities and investment deals, such as the Industrial Strategy, and be an effective voice, advocating for the City Region.
Read Greater Brighton’s revised devolution proposal.