Have your say on devolution deal in Doncaster

Residents can find out more about what the Sheffield City Region (SCR) devolution deal could mean for Doncaster at a '˜come and talk' session at the Frenchgate Centre.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 26th January 2016, 11:37 am
Updated Tuesday, 26th January 2016, 11:39 am
Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster. Picture: Marie Caley NDFP 16-02-15 MC 3
Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster. Picture: Marie Caley NDFP 16-02-15 MC 3

Residents can ask questions about the plans for a South Yorkshire mayor to oversee a £900 million devolution of powers from central government.

Mayor Ros Jones and Chief Executive Jo Miller will be outside Boots on the ground floor at a pop up pod tomorrow (Wednesday January 27) from 1.30pm to 3pm to speak to shoppers.

Doncaster is one of several local authorities that forms part of the SCR which has signed an in-principle agreement with the Government for more powers and decision making rights over local issues such as transport, highways and skills and training.

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The deal would mean £900m worth of extra funding over the next 30 years for the region to invest in priorities that are locally important rather than being decided in Whitehall.

The major benefits negotiated for Doncaster include a new National Institute for Infrastructure, Construction and Engineering to be built in Doncaster - building on the new National College for High Speed Rail.

The deal needs to be formally approved by each of the local councils within the Sheffield City Region, with the SCR agreeing to the creation of a directly-elected Mayor. It is envisaged that a Sheffield City Region mayor will be elected in 2017.