Worries that 'super council' will steal highways powers from Oxfordshire public

Worries that 'super council' will steal highways powers from Oxfordshire public

October 2020

A theoretical 'super council' covering everywhere between Swindon and Cambridge could steal power over repairing roads away from local people, Oxfordshire leaders will warn.

The Oxfordshire Growth Board meets several times a year to discuss how £215m of Government funding aimed at building 100,000 homes is spent.

At the board's meeting today (September 22), its members will discuss a letter to the Government, outlining thoughts on plans for a transport strategy in an areas called 'England's Economic Heartland'.

EEH as it is known, is an area similar but slightly different to the Oxford to Cambridge Arc: including Swindon and Hertfordshire alongside the Arc areas of Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire, Milton Keynes, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Peterborough.

The growth board is run in a similar way to these organisations: it is made up of elected councillors from across a region who discuss big overarching plans, and is described as a 'partnership'.

Read the full article here.

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