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A plan for a devolution deal for Cheshire is to be put up for public consultation.

A plan for a devolution deal for Cheshire is to be put up for public consultation.

Councillors in Warrington are now in favour after previously leaning towards becoming a part of a Merseyside devo deal. After some consideration, they’ve decided pursuing an agreement to create a combined authority with the other two Cheshire councils, including Cheshire West and Chester and Cheshire East, would be best for them.

They were considering becoming a part of the Liverpool City Region bid but decided against it after a report was presented to Warrington Council raised concerns over how those in the Liverpool region would concern themselves with the town.

A successful devolution bid would see a combined authority created alongside the three existing councils, taking some local spending decisions away from central government including for things like large scale infrastructure projects, public transport, skills and health services.

Cheshire West and Chester and Cheshire East Council have issued a joint statement on the matter saying: “We have been working together for a long time to improve the local economy, skills and employment opportunities in the area and we look forward to discussions with ministers and civil servants to secure the best possible deal for our residents and businesses.

“We want to work with, listen to, involve and engage with all communities and businesses and we aim to have a consultation with residents in the spring. Keeping people informed and ensuring a transparent process is our priority.”

The plan for devolution will be subject to the consultations mentioned plus votes at all three participating councils.

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