April 1 set as date for first meeting of Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

April 1 set as date for first meeting of Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

April 1 set as date for first meeting of Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

First published in News

ST HELENS Council leader Barrie Grunewald will take his seat at the first meeting of the newly created Liverpool City Region Combined Authority next week.

He will be joined at Mann Island, Liverpool, on Tuesday, April 1 by leaders of the four other member local authorities and the elected mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson.

The meetings are open to the public.

The combined authority – which had the unanimous backing of St Helens councillors – will focus on developing regional economic growth, transport and creating more jobs.

It does not replace local government or local decision making.

Among the first tasks of Councillor Grunewald and his political colleagues at the meetings – which are open to the public - will be selecting a chair and vice chair of the authority.

Robert Hough, chairman of the region’s Local Enterprise Partnership will also sit on the committee, to help the two organisations form links with businesses.

Critics fear the authority could damage the identities of places such as St Helens and that it will become Liverpool centric.

Some feel local town centres have been hit hard by the emergence of major shopping zones, such as Liverpool One.

But its supporters suggest the city’s surrounding towns could reap rewards from better transport links and spin offs from investments and the ‘Liverpool brand’.

In a statement, Knowsley Council, which handles media enquiries for the new organisation, said: “It (the authority) will provide clear leadership and greater transparency, while creating a legal entity which would be in a position to attract funding and devolved powers from Government, including accessing the £2bn Local Growth Fund.”

The HS2 action plan and the Liverpool City Region Growth Plan are among significant items up for discussion at its first meetings.

The growth plan aims to boost businesses and create jobs by focusing on the city region’s strengths and ensuring it capitalises on opportunities such as the £340m Liverpool 2 development.

Strategic projects include Liverpool City Region Freight and Logistics Hub, Liverpool City Centre, Access to the Port of Liverpool, Liverpool City Region Low Carbon Region and a City Region Capital Investment Fund to co-invest in key capital schemes that will deliver jobs.

There had been some debate over the naming of the authority after it was registered by the Government as the Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral Combined Authority’.

However, a spokeswoman said that “for operational business, it will be known as the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority”.

The agenda and papers will be available seven days before the meeting at www.knowsley.gov.uk.

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9:17pm Mon 24 Mar 14

jumperr says...

Is this a open meeting with no questions from the public?
Is this a open meeting with no questions from the public? jumperr
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9:20pm Mon 24 Mar 14

anthonywilson says...

Nice to see that the Combined Authority first meeting is starting on April Fools day. How apt!
Nice to see that the Combined Authority first meeting is starting on April Fools day. How apt! anthonywilson
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12:23pm Tue 25 Mar 14

And Justice For All says...

April 1st eh? How very apt!
Cue outraged comment from Bill Bradbury...........
April 1st eh? How very apt! Cue outraged comment from Bill Bradbury........... And Justice For All
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1:14pm Fri 28 Mar 14

domcoop says...

And the first motion to be put forward is by....
Councillor Barrie Grunewald.

His motion is to change the name of the organisation to ensure that it is called "Liverpool Combined Authority".

Funny, that, isn't it, from a Councillor whose Twitter and Linked-in profiles describe himself as being based in "Liverpool". But then again, with 6k of expenses just for turning up to 6 meetings a year, who could blame him for being in favour! And if he's lucky enough, the union barons and Big Joe might even let him be chairman on one of the numerous committees (which include a "scrutiny committee", a "merseytravel committee", a "general works and means committee", a "tourism committee", and so on). Being a chair of a committee means you double your money!

He might even, if he is really kind to Joe, get to go on an expenses paid trip to Cannes next year!

And look at that lovely list of projects that our council tax is going to be used to pay for. "Liverpool City Region Freight and Logistics Hub, Liverpool City Centre, Access to the Port of Liverpool, Liverpool City Region Low Carbon Region and a City Region Capital Investment Fund". How much of that money goes to St Helens?.....

That'd be .... NONE! That's right. But if we play ball, and do what Joe says, the rumour is we *might*, just *MIGHT* get a new pedestrian crossing at Windle Island.

Is right kidda, lad! Welcome to St Helens, soon to be nothing more than a housing estate for the 'pool. Sold down the river by your councillors.
And the first motion to be put forward is by.... Councillor Barrie Grunewald. His motion is to change the name of the organisation to ensure that it is called "Liverpool Combined Authority". Funny, that, isn't it, from a Councillor whose Twitter and Linked-in profiles describe himself as being based in "Liverpool". But then again, with 6k of expenses just for turning up to 6 meetings a year, who could blame him for being in favour! And if he's lucky enough, the union barons and Big Joe might even let him be chairman on one of the numerous committees (which include a "scrutiny committee", a "merseytravel committee", a "general works and means committee", a "tourism committee", and so on). Being a chair of a committee means you double your money! He might even, if he is really kind to Joe, get to go on an expenses paid trip to Cannes next year! And look at that lovely list of projects that our council tax is going to be used to pay for. "Liverpool City Region Freight and Logistics Hub, Liverpool City Centre, Access to the Port of Liverpool, Liverpool City Region Low Carbon Region and a City Region Capital Investment Fund". How much of that money goes to St Helens?..... That'd be .... NONE! That's right. But if we play ball, and do what Joe says, the rumour is we *might*, just *MIGHT* get a new pedestrian crossing at Windle Island. Is right kidda, lad! Welcome to St Helens, soon to be nothing more than a housing estate for the 'pool. Sold down the river by your councillors. domcoop
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8:33pm Fri 28 Mar 14

paulmac38 says...

St Helens is an integral part of the Liverpool City Region people (and has been for decades), deal with it! and not only that but your council controls "de facto" suburbs of Liverpool these days. e.g. Eccleston Park, Rainhill, Rainford, Shurdley Park and Billinge. these districts have long since been settled by "overspill" scousers and on the whole would very much welcome a closer association with their ancestral city. and please bear in mind, that if in 1974 Liverpool had been enlarged to include most of it's outer suburbs and dormitory towns, in the way that other big northern cities like Leeds, Bradford and Sheffield had been, these places would now be part of an enlarged Liverpool City Council area! let alone a part of Liverpool City region! wake up and smell the coffee! you are part of this city region/metropolitan area whether you like it or not!

cheers Paul Mac
St Helens is an integral part of the Liverpool City Region people (and has been for decades), deal with it! and not only that but your council controls "de facto" suburbs of Liverpool these days. e.g. Eccleston Park, Rainhill, Rainford, Shurdley Park and Billinge. these districts have long since been settled by "overspill" scousers and on the whole would very much welcome a closer association with their ancestral city. and please bear in mind, that if in 1974 Liverpool had been enlarged to include most of it's outer suburbs and dormitory towns, in the way that other big northern cities like Leeds, Bradford and Sheffield had been, these places would now be part of an enlarged Liverpool City Council area! let alone a part of Liverpool City region! wake up and smell the coffee! you are part of this city region/metropolitan area whether you like it or not! cheers Paul Mac paulmac38
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1:35pm Mon 31 Mar 14

domcoop says...

Oh dear Paul Mac. Where to start...

You think Billinge would be part of Liverpool City Council? Really? Have you ever been there? You do realise it's 15.2 miles from Liverpool City Centre. If Liverpool stretched for 15.2 miles, it would be the size of London.

And half of Billinge is in Greater Manchester (for administration purposes), so do you think Manchester and Liverpool join each other?

Many districts have been settled by "overspill" scousers, including Preston, Blackpool, Chester, North Wales. So does that make them part of Liverpool?

Kensington (or Kenny if you prefer) has been settled by Poles. Perhaps it should pay council tax to and be governed by Warsaw City Council then by your logic?

Finally, I think the reason why there is so much opposition to this is that the attitude of people such as yourself is exemplar of the prevailing thought. Look at the structure you use in your sentences, they are basically aggressive and directive. You are telling other people what they should do, whilst deliberately and purposefully ignoring what the other people actually want.

You can't sell the idea by giving positives (e.g. this will benefit St Helens because x, y, or z). You can only order us to agree with you.
Oh dear Paul Mac. Where to start... You think Billinge would be part of Liverpool City Council? Really? Have you ever been there? You do realise it's 15.2 miles from Liverpool City Centre. If Liverpool stretched for 15.2 miles, it would be the size of London. And half of Billinge is in Greater Manchester (for administration purposes), so do you think Manchester and Liverpool join each other? Many districts have been settled by "overspill" scousers, including Preston, Blackpool, Chester, North Wales. So does that make them part of Liverpool? Kensington (or Kenny if you prefer) has been settled by Poles. Perhaps it should pay council tax to and be governed by Warsaw City Council then by your logic? Finally, I think the reason why there is so much opposition to this is that the attitude of people such as yourself is exemplar of the prevailing thought. Look at the structure you use in your sentences, they are basically aggressive and directive. You are telling other people what they should do, whilst deliberately and purposefully ignoring what the other people actually want. You can't sell the idea by giving positives (e.g. this will benefit St Helens because x, y, or z). You can only order us to agree with you. domcoop
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