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Author Topic: Great Western Powerhouse - waiting to happen?  (Read 317 times)
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« on: July 11, 2019, 10:51:50 am »

From Transport Network

The ‘missing piece of the jigsaw’ in the West of Britain is a Great Western Powerhouse waiting to happen, according to a landmark report.

The economic map of Britain is being reshaped by devolution and the emergence of regional powerhouses that can drive inclusive growth at scale through regional collaboration, said the report commissioned by Bristol, Cardiff and Newport City Councils.

But it highlighted ‘a missing piece of the jigsaw in the West of Britain along the M4 from Swindon across the Welsh Border to Swansea, and the intersecting M5 axis, through Bristol, north to Tewkesbury’.

Its conclusion is ‘that the Great Western cross border area is a powerhouse waiting to happen’.

Launching A Powerhouse to the West, the former head of the civil service and chair of the independent UK2070 commission, Lord Bob Kerslake, said the UK was one of the most geographically unequal countries in the developed world.

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« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2019, 11:27:39 am »

THEY, whoever they are, want to sort the administrative area of Greater Bristol as a single body FIRST.

Avon failed.

WECA failed before it even was born cos only 3 of the 4 LA's which were proposed to make up WECA agreed to WECA, the 4th now successfully holding their hands out for dosh from WECA, AND GETTING IT, like todays announcement of £1.3 million for a study into a further study for an underground to the airport. The leader of WECA has had to be told that WECA's responsibility is transport and infrastructure not investing in research with universities hence the recent flurry of activities by DfT officials including the Minister himself in the Bristol area to steer WECA onto what they should be doing.

What the area needs is someone to take the bull by the horns and draw up a boundary for Greater Bristol and deduct 'this' from BANES.'that' from NS and 'tother' from SG and bring the enlarged area into being as a Greater Bristol Authority. Maybe if Boris is elected leader of a political party he will instigate some such radical changes to boundaries, keep his promise to lay down in front of the bulldozers for Heathrow's 3rd runway unless he scraps the planned addition first.
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« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2019, 11:57:34 am »

So let me get this straight.

Mop Head Johnson, who appears not to want the UK to club together and co-operate with its near neighbours, might (access on "might") force local authorities in the Greater Bristol area to come together and co-operate with their near neighbours. I can see a teensy weensy contradiction here...

On a 50+ year old album that I have here, Adge Cutler and the Wurzels recorded a song called "When the Common Market Comes to Stanton Drew." In his introduction (it was recorded live before an audience in Nailsea) he said "We don't know about this Common Market around here. We haven't really got used to being part of England yet"

Bearing in mind that the local MP is known as the Honourable Member for the 18th Century, I'm not sure that that much has changed...
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« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2019, 12:44:18 pm »

Stanton Drew was actually a sort of proto-Brussels. The most up to date archaeological theory states that the stone circle is the fossilised remains of a Neolithic regional council who were turned to stone because they couldn't reach a decision.

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