St Helens Marks Two Years of a Mayoral Combined Authority

The recently-opened £14 million Newton-le-Willows station interchange is among a number of projects in St Helens Borough to benefit from the Combined Authority.

Membership of the Combined Authority has brought tangible benefits for St Helens, says Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram, as he marks the second anniversary of this election.

And St Helens Council Leader Derek Long says they have already seen tens of millions of pounds in additional resources secured for the borough by being a member of the Combined Authority. This is in specific investment for the local area, in addition to funding from schemes across the areas of transport and skills and from Liverpool City Region-wide projects such as Housing First and Households into Work.

Specific funding includes the Windle Island improvements, which have been part-funded using £4 million from the Combined Authority, the recently-opened £14 million Newton-le-Willows station interchange, the Clickworks Digital Centre and the £24 million secured for the Parkside Link Road project.

A £1 million bid to the Combined Authority’s town centre fund, one of the Metro Mayor’s initiatives to revitalise town centres across the city region, has also been submitted.

So far the Combined Authority has invested £400 million in the Liverpool City Region to create 9,000 jobs and 5,500 apprenticeships.

Since Steve Rotheram was elected as the Metro Mayor, the Liverpool City Region has secured more than £183m in additional funding from Government. This money has only been offered to the city region because it has a Metro Mayor. Areas without one, like West Yorkshire and the East Midlands, have missed out.

This is in addition to the £1 billion devolution deal it struck with the government in 2015.

The cost of being part of the city region for St Helens residents in 2019-20 is around 28p per household, per week. This cost is added to residents’ council tax bills in the form a Liverpool City Region Combined Authority precept.

That charge brings a return, on average, of £600 in additional funding per Liverpool City Region household.

St Helens Council Leader Derek Long, who is also the Combined Authority’s Portfolio Holder for Housing and Spatial Planning, said:

“If you’re not a city region you don’t get this money. That’s the way government operates now. We have seen £400 million in devolution projects across the city region approved, to create 9,000 jobs and 5,500 apprenticeships. This is a tangible change that will make a difference in our communities to the people we represent.

“As a member of the Combined Authority we play a key role in shaping its decision-making and its priorities, and we can clearly demonstrate how our membership is benefitting the residents of St Helens.”

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said:

“Devolution benefits everyone in the city region. By working together, our local authorities have a more powerful voice and have been able to secure additional funding that we would not have been able to access without a Combined Authority. We can already demonstrate a track record of delivery and I’m sure that in the years to come we will continue to make the city region a better place to live for all of our residents.”

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