Power grab devolution plans published

Last month's devolution conference at Old Town Hall, Stratford

Last month's devolution conference at Old Town Hall, Stratford - Credit: Archant

A vision of how devolution could work in east London has been outlined in a trailblazing prospectus published today.

Removing restrictions to enable councils to build more homes, control bus routes and intervene in schools are among the proposals put forward in Local London, Driving Growth through Devolution.

Taking charge of the high street to minimise the number of fast food shops and betting shops are also among the suggestions in the 35 page document.

It has been devised by Barking and Dagenham council leader Cllr Darren Rodwell alongside his counterparts from seven other east London boroughs – Enfield, Greenwich, Havering, Newham, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest – following a conference held last month.

The prospectus marks the first step towards presenting the case for greater devolution of powers from central government and City Hall.

Cllr Rodwell said: “Barking and Dagenham is clear about its growth ambitions and the investment in infrastructure and skills necessary to deliver them and realise opportunities for our communities and businesses. We are fully committed to working in partnership to achieve our objectives.

“We are already doing that very effectively with the Mayor and the Greater London Authority and now need to strengthen the collective voice and impact of Barking and Dagenham and our partners across North and East London.”

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Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham council and Chair of the Growth Boroughs, added: “This prospectus sets out an exciting vision for our eight boroughs, outlining how devolution could unleash the true potential of this area.

“Our boroughs offer the greatest opportunity for growth and development in the UK and we need to ensure the opportunity is not missed.”

Leaders from the eight boroughs will continue to work together to develop a business case to present to the government.