Connect with us

News

OPINION: Whilst supportive of Cambridge 2040 resources and infrastructure must be a priority  

‘We have proved that we can excel at delivering devolved skills funding’

Published

on

I, along with so many in our region, have been eagerly awaiting today’s Autumn Statement, especially with regard to further Government commitments to Government’s previous pledges on Cambridge 2040 and Network North. But firstly devolution, I whole heartedly welcome today’s commitment to further devolution and the publication of a new framework for Combined Authorities to take that next step.

The framework is a result of a lot of work and collaboration between Government and all of the Mayoral Combined Authorities, I’m proud to say that Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority have been a part of that effort.

Onto Cambridge 2040, while I am supportive of the concept and of Government’s ambitions to stimulate high growth, making one of our cities a global science superpower, I like many residents remain concerned that the resources and infrastructure must be put in place to ensure our systems are not overburdened.

Advertisements
Pictures

I very much hope Government will not contradict that ambition of local and devolved decision making   in the delivery of Cambridge 2040, most importantly with today’s announcement which supports a Cambridge Delivery Group. I, and the Combined Authority, will continue to offer our placemaking expertise to make Cambridge 2040 the overwhelming success it can be.

 

MP Steve Barclay (above) was the first Cambridgeshire MP to meet Dr Nik Johnson. Wisbech rail was high on the agenda when they met in the mayor’s Ely office

MP Steve Barclay (above) was the first Cambridgeshire MP to meet Dr Nik Johnson. Wisbech rail was high on the agenda when they met in the mayor’s Ely office

I welcome the news that Government will be allocating £2 million to address this issue and welcome the opportunity to work with Government to identify further resources which can be utilized to tackle the issue.

Earlier this year, Harvard University published a report: Why hasn’t UK regional policy worked? Within that report it made a strong case of deeper skills devolution and an acknowledgement that skills policy must align with local business needs and industry strategy.

We’re proud of our track record in skills. Partnership working and devolution has allowed us to play a key role in establishing the award-winning ARU Peterborough, which opened its doors last year.

The university has worked with local employers to co-design it’s courses, which placed in in a further education cold sport, prides its ability to recruit students from a Peterborough postcode.

This means local industry is receiving the pool of talent and skills it requires, and local residents have access to good, quality careers, in a thriving economy. Not only is it true levelling up in action, but regeneration done right and with the community at its heart.

Meeting with Anthony Browne MP for South Cambridgeshire to chat about plans for the region, including #transport and the #environment. “Great to hear how keen he is to co-operate with me on these, and other issues,” said Mayor Dr Nik Johnson.

Meeting with Anthony Browne MP for South Cambridgeshire to chat about plans for the region, including #transport and the #environment. “Great to hear how keen he is to co-operate with me on these, and other issues,” said Mayor Dr Nik Johnson.

We have proved that we can excel at delivering devolved skills funding. In the past three years our region has increased adult education participation, against a backdrop of national decline.

We have achieved this by targeting further education cold spots, the most deprived areas in our region and seldom engaged cohorts. This has included diverting 50% of our adult education budget to deprived areas, fully funding English as a second language courses and are providing bursaries for care leavers.

Advertisements
canopyuk.com in-article

We will continue to work with Government, local partners, and other Mayoral Combined Authorities to take up the option for further devolution in the future.

Onto Cambridge 2040, while I am supportive of the concept of Cambridge 2040 and of Government’s ambitions to stimulate high growth, making one of our cities a global science superpower.

I like many residents remain concerned that the resources and infrastructure must be put in place to ensure our systems are not overburdened.

I very much hope Government will not contradict that ambition of local and devolved decision making in the delivery of Cambridge 2040, with today’s announcement supporting a Cambridge Delivery Group.

I, and the Combined Authority, will continue to offer our placemaking expertise to make Cambridge 2040 the overwhelming success it can be.

Additionally, we are all very well aware of the water scarcity constraints which are choking Cambridge’s growth ambitions. I welcome the news that Government will be allocating £2 million to address this issue and welcome the opportunity to work with Government to identify further resources which can be utilized to tackle the issue.

It was somewhat disappointing to see that still, no further details have been given regarding what the Prime Minister’s announcements regarding Network North actually mean to our region.

Upgrading Ely Area Capacity Enhancements (EACE) and A10 and A1139 improvements has been met warmly by residents in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and I had hoped to see funding commitments to these within the Autumn Statement.

There is still much to unpack from today’s Autumn Statement, and much to work towards.

One thing I am incredibly clear on, the Combined Authority will continue to work hard for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, and work with others to ensure our region is a great place to live, work, learn and visit.

Dr Nik Johnson is Mayor of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority

Facebook

Read More

Jesus Green Lock footbridge (above) and Baits Bite Lock footbridge have been temporarily closed, following the Conservators of the River Cam’s decision to close both locks. PHOTO: Camcycle Jesus Green Lock footbridge (above) and Baits Bite Lock footbridge have been temporarily closed, following the Conservators of the River Cam’s decision to close both locks. PHOTO: Camcycle
News14 hours ago

Shock Cambridge footbridge closures ‘unannounced and hugely controversial’

Closures will not affect access to the River Cam towpaths or access to Fen Road, Milton

Mind Mangler is at Cambridge Arts Theatre until Saturday, May 25. PHOTO: Pamela Raith Mind Mangler is at Cambridge Arts Theatre until Saturday, May 25. PHOTO: Pamela Raith
News15 hours ago

‘Audience wasn’t just laughing, some were in hysterics’ Mind Mangler at Cambridge

REVIEW: Mind Mangler is at Cambridge Arts Theatre until May 25.

Neighbourhood officers were on patrol in Arbury on 15 March when they saw Elsi Hafizi hand over what they suspected was drugs to a woman. Neighbourhood officers were on patrol in Arbury on 15 March when they saw Elsi Hafizi hand over what they suspected was drugs to a woman.
News15 hours ago

WATCH: Cocaine dealer caught in the act by Cambridge police

Police watch drug deal before arresting suspect

Labour group now 10 on Cambridgeshire County Council with the decision by Cllr Keith Prentice to join them. New line up revealed today. PHOTO: Cambridgeshire Labour Party Labour group now 10 on Cambridgeshire County Council with the decision by Cllr Keith Prentice to join them. New line up revealed today. PHOTO: Cambridgeshire Labour Party
News1 day ago

Former Cambridgeshire Conservative county councillor moves to Labour

Keith Prentice is the county councillor for St Neots Priory Park & Little Paxton

Charles Swift: a city councillor in Peterborough for 62 years. He is thought to have been the longest serving councillor in the country Charles Swift: a city councillor in Peterborough for 62 years. He is thought to have been the longest serving councillor in the country
News1 day ago

62 years a councillor, Peterborough honours former city mayor Charles Swift

Charles Swift passed away in August 2022 aged 92

Residents are asked to have their say on the Waterbeach to Cambridge transport scheme, that will support thousands of new homes being built in the new town and provide quick and easy options to avoid travelling on the busy A10. Residents are asked to have their say on the Waterbeach to Cambridge transport scheme, that will support thousands of new homes being built in the new town and provide quick and easy options to avoid travelling on the busy A10.
News1 day ago

Help us shape Waterbeach to Cambridge transport plans says GCP

There are three public events where people can find out more

Rytis Lisauskas, 32, had been turning up at the victim’s home in Peterborough every day since their decade-long relationship ended in July last year. Rytis Lisauskas, 32, had been turning up at the victim’s home in Peterborough every day since their decade-long relationship ended in July last year.
Crime1 day ago

Huntingdon stalker jailed for ‘violent attacks’ on ex wife in Peterborough

Victim and her family experienced 'traumatic' time

Renaldo Denollari of Elderberry Close, Ely, grew cannabis in 2 bedrooms and his loft in Ely. He has been jailed Renaldo Denollari of Elderberry Close, Ely, grew cannabis in 2 bedrooms and his loft in Ely. He has been jailed
Crime1 day ago

Jail for Ely man who used 2 bedrooms and a loft to grow cannabis

Police offer reminder on how to spot a cannabis 'farm'

Cllr Marco Cereste, surrounded by family and friends, is believed to be the first person of Italian ethnicity to be elected mayor of a British city. PHOTO: Terry Harris Cllr Marco Cereste, surrounded by family and friends, is believed to be the first person of Italian ethnicity to be elected mayor of a British city. PHOTO: Terry Harris
News2 days ago

In Peterborough Il nuovo sindaco è italiano – the new mayor is Italian

Cllr Marco Cereste arrived in England in 1953 on Coronation Day

Cllr Dennis Jones, new leader of Peterborough City Council, wants to introduce a ‘true café culture’ into the city centre and ‘make it a place where it is welcoming’ PHOTO: Terry Harris Cllr Dennis Jones, new leader of Peterborough City Council, wants to introduce a ‘true café culture’ into the city centre and ‘make it a place where it is welcoming’ PHOTO: Terry Harris
News2 days ago

‘Corbynista, tribal Labour’ leader takes the helm at Peterborough City Council

Peterborough First praised for their 'short but remarkable term in administration'