PM backing for West of England devolution

Prime Minister Theresa May has apparently given her backing to the multi-million pound West of England Devolution deal which will unlock funds in the region in exchange for B&NES, Bristol and South Gloucestershire coming together under an elected Mayor.

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The news comes in a statement from Bath MP Ben Howlett’s office. It reads:

‘The Prime Minister, Theresa May, has confirmed to local MP Ben Howlett that she is giving her full backing to the West of England devolution agreement.

Ben said of the letter:

“I am delighted that the PM is supporting the devolution deal for the West of England.  I believe this is an excellent opportunity for Bath to secure vital infrastructure funding, particularly with regards to transport projects and presents an opportunity for significant new projects to be undertaken such as the A36/46 link road to help tackle Bath’s congestion.”

North Somerset District Council – which includes the regionally important Bristol International Airport – has opted out of the deal.