Borderlands deal could bring benefits for all
25 Sep 2018 ARCHIVED (over 3 months old) - view latest news
An ambitious cross-border deal will benefit communities across Northumberland if approved by government, the leader of the council has promised.
Speaking at the council’s Cabinet, Councillor Jackson said the proposed Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal would deliver ‘real impact and lasting change’ to communities on both sides of the Border.
The deal proposals, which support a wide range of innovative projects, are due to be submitted this week to the Scottish and UK governments by the Borderlands Partnership, a unique collaboration that brings together the five cross-border local authorities - Northumberland County Council, Carlisle City Council, Cumbria County Council, Dumfries and Galloway Council and Scottish Borders Council.
Cllr Jackson said: “Together with the other Council Leaders in the Borderlands Partnership, I have fully embraced this opportunity.
“We have collectively developed an ambitious proposal that we believe will help us in driving productivity growth, investing in talent, providing a supportive business environment, and harnessing our quality of life.
Setting out aspirations for the deal, Cllr Jackson highlighted improvements to digital connectivity, boosting the economies of towns and villages, strengthening the area’s national and international profile and stimulating innovation, ambition and learning.
Cllr Jackson added: “Our proposals to construct an iconic new theatre and conference centre in Berwick also illustrates the strength of our vision. I believe this investment - which will allow the internationally-renowned programme of The Maltings to be expanded - will kick-start a cultural transformation of the town.
“I also believe that the deal will lead to a new relationship with Whitehall and Holyrood. As part of this we want to develop a collaborative partnership to work jointly with the UK and Scottish Governments to progress strategic transport schemes.
“The next step is to negotiate with the two Governments to translate our proposal into a ‘Heads of Terms’ that will confirm the investment level of the deal and the broad scope of the programmes and projects that the investment will focus on. These will bring significant benefits to communities across the Borderlands area.
“From a Northumberland perspective, this administration will continue to work tirelessly to optimise the positive impact of the Deal - and other economic growth opportunities as they emerge - for the benefit of our communities and businesses.
We remain committed to bringing more and better jobs to the county; to raising educational attainment; and to improving access. We want Northumberland to be a great place to live, work, learn and to do business.”