City Deal submitted

The recent cold snap has bitten many parts of the country, and the arrival of the snow and predictions of more this weekend is sure to deliver some disruptions. I’d like to remind everyone if you are out and about on the roads, please take care.  If you are at all worried about conditions this weekend, be assured that our highways crews will be doing their very best to make sure that the roads are clear and safe to use. The main SCC number is always available if you need to report problems on the roads 0300 111 8000.  Follow us on twitter @StaffordshireCC or #staffssnow also for the latest updates.

During this snow and icy period I would also remind people to keep an eye out for our elderly neighbours – call or visit them, and make sure that they are OK.

After months of planning, we are very pleased to say that we have just submitted our joint bid for the City Deal to the Government. This is a groundbreaking bid, uniting public and private sector and, if successful, will give us the greater freedom to attract new business and create over 31,000 new jobs. It’s a very exciting development for both councils, and is a great step in working in tandem with our neighbouring local authorities for the benefit of our residents. This is a deal worth fighting for, but I have faith that our bid will be strong enough to succeed to the next round.  We should know sometime in February.

80% of Staffordshire is rural, and many would agree that is a huge part of what makes the county such a wonderful place to live and work. In the council’s effort to protect this green land and also boost job creation, we have given the go-ahead at Cabinet for our Rural Declaration, a set of commitments to work with communities to increase opportunities and the ability to live independently, improve these areas as places to do business and protect them as valuable assets to the county and regionally.  This is a positive step for the county’s countryside and I look forward to seeing the results of these commitments.

I met with Staffordshire’s leaders on Thursday to discuss common issues, budgets, public health and Staffordshire Economic Consortium next steps. I was also in Leek on market day to see more progress on Staffordshire Moorlands District Deal delivery, prioritising work, identifying actions and the work needed to deliver our plans and growth.

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