Sheffield City Region

Sheffield City Region.

What does it mean for Rotherham?

It means if Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council wants a share of the £900million cash boost over the next thirty years to deliver major regeneration, infrastructure and business growth schemes it joins.

The SCR is comprised of the nine local authority areas of Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire Dales, Doncaster, North East Derbyshire, Rotherham and Sheffield. There will be an  elected Mayor (Salary not yet decided but rumoured to be £100,00 pa).

In the proposed agreement, the elected mayor will be directly responsible for the transport budget, franchised bus services, key transport routes and strategic planning but will only cover South Yorkshire, not the whole region. Transport is a county function which means non-metropolitan districts in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire cannot join the transport deal.

The proposal would also allow for leaders to borrow against the £900m and attract private sector investment for major projects such as new transport connections. (Sounds much like PFI)  The aim will be to invest in projects which will in turn bring investment, more jobs and growth to the economy. In turn it is hoped that will raise more business rates that the council can now retain to fund services.

Cllr.Read Leader of RMBC was initially against the idea of a Sheffield City Region Mayor, who would act as Chair of a Sheffield City Region Mayoral Combined Authority but he changed his mind. He said he had negotiated a deal which was worth living with one. Nobody knows what  the deal is but he confirmed the administration costs to Rotherham would be in the region of £35k per year and could involve up to sixty staff and he referred to there being a Northern Powerhouse which could lead to improved infrastructure through this deal.

The SCR Mayor will have;

Responsibility for franchised bus services, which will support the Combined Authority’s delivery of smart and integrated ticketing across the Combined Authority’s constituent councils.

Responsibility for an identified Key Route Network of local authority roads that will be collaboratively managed and maintained at the city region level by the Combined Authority on behalf of the Mayor.

Powers over strategic planning, including the responsibility to create a spatial framework for the city region and to chair the Sheffield City Region Joint Assets.

In addition:

To support the development of the SCR Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District, the Government will offer the Sheffield City Region expert advice and support to ensure they are able to put forward a City Region led proposal to undertake a Science and Innovation audit.

The Sheffield City Region will work with HM Government to achieve their ambitions for a national Institute for Infrastructure within Doncaster.

HM Government will work with the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority to agree specific funding flexibilities to a Spending Review timetable. The joint ambition will be to give Sheffield City Region Combined Authority a single pot to invest in its economic growth.

Further powers may be agreed over time and included in future legislation.

Q. ‘Will there be a formula to decide how the money is shared out across nine different local authorities or will it be on a ‘case by case’ basis?’

A. ‘Money available will be used so it has the biggest positive impact on the economy. Investments will be made in projects according to potential for economic growth and job creation, not where they are geographically’.

The creation of the Sheffield City Region could mean towns such as Rotherham, Doncaster,Chesterfield and Barnsley will have or need fewer councillors because of duplication and overlap between the combined authorities. It is reasonable to say Sheffield will take the lead role in most of the decision making and controlling the purse strings therefore our local towns will follow orders if they want a share of the money available.
It will not be presented in this way but as the region is to be named Sheffield City Region guess who plays Head Honcho?

 

Further reading: http://sheffieldcityregion.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/SCR-Devolution-Agreement-2015.pdf
http://moderngov.rotherham.gov.uk/mgAi.aspx?ID=74631
http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/the-billion-dollar-questions-about-sheffield-city-region-s-devolution-deal-1-7566000#ixzz3rI9IJtYX

 

 

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6 Responses to Sheffield City Region

  1. odd fellow says:

    Yes correct and it all started when they closed the old council building in the days when we were the old riding county council when anston looked after its self then it all became rmbc and all our funds were taken over and I might add we were one of the richest parish s at that time you can only assume that due to location we may have fared better under Nottinghamshire at least we would be pot hole free

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  2. Morgan says:

    I take on board your comments but rmbc cllrs no full well that parish council s can do very little to stop building in ther boundaries the problem anston as it’s forgotten by rmbc due to its location with in the area

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    • Patriot. says:

      Your final sentence should read ” the problem anston as it’s CONVENIENTLY forgotten by rmbc WHEN IT SUITS THEM due to its location with in the area. Because RMBC never miss a trick when screwing us for money, They know exactly where we are every time they rob us blind.

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  3. Morgan says:

    What as this topic got to do with anston parish

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    • Watchman says:

      You pay your council tax to RMBC. RMBC is responsible for roads maintenance amongst other things and if the SCR goes ahead the spending priorities will not be decided by RMBC nor will they have the majority vote if SYPT decides to extend the Supertram network.
      What has it got to do with Anston? Quite a lot concerning spending in the borough.
      Don’t forget most of the planned new homes building in Anston is mainly for Sheffield’s overspill. Rotherham signed up to the Government’s Growth Point Status which requires them to build massive numbers of houses in the next 20 years.
      When asked who would inhabit these houses, RMBC seem to expect that most of them will be from Sheffield (who refuse to desecrate their own Green Belt) and for other incomers.
      Big Boys Rule!

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  4. David Cawkwell. says:

    The election of a SCR Mayor is now in doubt because fresh consideration is being given to reviving the idea of a single devolution deal for the whole Yorkshire region.
    Tensions between South Yorkshire councils over revised plans for the route of the HS2 rail line and the location of stations, have put further pressure on the deal’s future.
    http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/doubts-grow-over-south-yorkshire-mayor-election-1-8130622

    I don’t recall any leaflets or questionnaire’s being posted through my door asking for my opinions whether or not I supported the idea of the SCR or an elected Mayor. It seems it was a done deal by Labour controlled authorities seeking to expand their spheres of influence.
    SCR was originally supposed to be about devolving powers from Westminster to the regions and at the same time giving local people more say into how their local authorities managed their affairs.
    Devolution is supposed to be about more democracy not just money.

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