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Navigating the Lancashire Devolution Deal

Updated: Mar 3

Lancashire Devolution - perspectives from your Local Leaders Podcast Hosts Mollie & Sam.


Hey there, fellow Lancashire residents and business enthusiasts! Mollie and Sam here, your hosts from the Local Leaders Podcast, ready to share our take on the much-discussed Lancashire devolution deal. Strap in, because we've got some thoughts to share!


A Whirlwind of Presentations

Let's kick things off by acknowledging the elephant in the room – the omnipresent Lancashire Devolution Deal presentations. Seriously, it feels like we've seen them at every event for the past couple of months. Whether you've been actively involved in Lancashire networking or managed to dodge these presentations by some stroke of luck, we're here to fill you in on what's been happening.


Breaking It Down

So, what exactly is this "deal" everyone's talking about? Essentially, it's a collaborative effort between the government and local authorities here in Lancashire. Picture Lancashire County Council, Blackpool Council, and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council joining forces to create something called the Lancashire Combined County Authority (CCA).


Hopes and Realities

The idea behind the devolution deal is to empower Lancashire with more autonomy and resources to support local businesses and residents. We're talking about addressing those pesky potholes, sprucing up public spaces, and maybe even taking on some larger-scale projects with the £20 million budget allocated for local initiatives.


Managing Expectations

But let's temper our expectations, shall we? £20 million may sound like a substantial sum, but when you spread it across Lancashire, Blackpool, and Blackburn with Darwen, it's more of a drop in the ocean than a tidal wave of funding. We're excited about the possibilities, but we're also realistic about what can be achieved with these resources.


Addressing Key Issues

From our perspective, there are a few key issues that need addressing – and fast. Our roads are in dire need of attention, and let's not forget the importance of adult education services. These are vital components of our community infrastructure that shouldn't be overlooked in the pursuit of progress.


Inclusive Engagement

One thing that's been on our minds is the level of engagement with the wider public. As members of the business community, we've been inundated with information about the devolution deal. But what about our friends and neighbors who aren't as closely connected to these networks? It's essential that everyone has a seat at the table and a voice in the conversation.


Looking Ahead

So, what's next for Lancashire and the devolution deal? Well, that's anyone's guess. But as optimists at heart, we're hopeful that this collaborative effort will lead to positive change for our region. It's a journey we're all embarking on together, and we can't wait to see where it takes us.


Until next time, Lancashire (soon to be "Greater") – stay curious, stay engaged, and let's keep striving for progress together!


Cheers,


Mollie & Sam

(Local Leaders Podcast Hosts)




  • You can read more on this and other Business community events over at Sam's Blog Here



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