East Riding leader Cllr Anne Handley said preparatory works with Hull will now start. Credit: EROYC

Next step for HEY Devolution

The Hull and East Riding unitary leaders board has approved the submission of Hull and East Yorkshire’s devolution proposal to the secretary of state.

More than 5,800 people shared their views and feedback on the proposals during an eight-week consultation.

The proposal, along with a summary of the consultation results, will now be submitted for consideration by the secretary of state for levelling up , housing and communities.

If satisfied that the tests for the creation of a new Combined Authority have been met, the new authority could be established in autumn this year.

Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire Councils will now be working closely together to help to establish a combined authority for the area, including delivery of more than £26m capital projects over the next year.

These projects will see investment in transport, flooding, coastal protection, brownfield land, and green skills.

Cllr Jackie Dad, deputy leader of Hull City Council, said: “I am delighted that the proposal submission has today been approved and that we can take the next steps in our journey towards devolution.

“I’d once again like to thank all those who took part in the consultation and would like them to know that their contribution has played a vital role in shaping the region’s future.”

Cllr Anne Handley, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “I would again like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who took part in the consultation.

“I am delighted that we are now able to submit these exciting proposals to the Secretary of State and we look forward to his response.

“In the meantime, we will begin preparatory works with Hull City Council on the first steps towards the new combined authority, aimed at achieving funding for major investment in significant projects to benefit our local residents.”

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