The coming Storm or Gold rush depending how you see it

englandA couple of Friday’s ago I attended the East of England Assembly of Council Leaders representing both Forest Heath District Council and St. Edmundsbury Borough Council as neither Leader was able to be there due to prior commitments, held at South Cambridgeshire’s District Councils offices in Camborne, I always go for a little drive around Camborne because as a new entirely village it is interesting to see its development from the site boards & sales Portacabin of a few years ago, into the thriving community it is today.

Attending for the first time was the new Chairman of the LGA Cllr. David Sparks who took over from the Conservative Sir Merrick Cockell, it was interesting how he spoke about Devolution being as heavily involved as he is in a City Region Bid for new powers. It was clear from all in the room that whoever wins the next election that we need to come up with an ask based on some form of East Anglian, the trouble is I think we’ll struggle to agree what this looks like before the great political ‘gold rush’ that many of us think is coming. I say gold rush because un-doubtable those regions with a defined view will secure the ability to have a greater sense of devolution of power than those areas that do not.

The day before the meeting Ed Balls was speaking in Norwich and spoke of a region based around Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire and it was interesting to hear what people thought of that!, not least because he does not make off the cuff remarks and clearly Labour have a regional agenda and probably plan. As usual grand schemes whereas the Conservatives are quietly allowing Local Government to reorganise itself to best suit local circumstances, grand plans v pragmatic approaches, oh hum nothing changes!

Next up was Phillip Colligan the Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Director of NESTA who went through some of the fascinating initiatives his organisation is leading on, Suffolk got a mention about the mutuals it created around Adult care services and I was quietly chuffed at those as I politically lead on them. I have followed with interest the work of NESTA since its inception and some of the pilot initiatives he talked about relating to volunteering in Hospitals and how to reduce unplanned admissions into hospitals for elderly people were things I shall be following up on to seem how we might replicate those across the wider system.

A fascinating morning to represent West Suffolk at.

About askcolinnoble
I'm a Conservative politician-lite, I dabble a bit in Party Politics with my main focus of working hard and being a strong voice for my community making sure local government delivers quality services and fellow residents get value for money for their hard earned money they pay in Council tax | Where this Gravatar appears and I am expressing my views or liking something I do so in a personal capacity and does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of Suffolk County Council, Forest Heath District Council, the Conservative Party or come to think of it anyone else | But having said the above at an election time and to stay legal anything I write is promoted by Kerry Buist on behalf of Colin Noble, both at West Suffolk Conservative Association, Unit 8, Swan Lane Business Park, Exning, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 7FN

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