South Essex Councils to formalise joint working

3rd April 2019

The Association of South Essex Local Authorities (ASELA) are to formalise their joint working on economic growth.

Following intensive support from the East of England LGA's Talent Bank using a 'solution centre' approach, seven councils signed a memorandum of understanding last year with aim of building greater cross-boundary collaboration on strategic infrastructure planning to provide an untapped opportunity to secure long-term  sustainable economic growth in the area.  In the coming months the focus will be on developing more formal governance arrangements to focus on boosting the local economy, infrastructure and job creation.

In a quote to the LGC, ASELA chair and Brentwood Borough Council leader, Louise McKinlay said: “We came together on the back of some of the devolution discussions but also realising from a planning perspective that some of the infrastructure constraints that we felt in particular were holding up development, not just of houses but economic growth in the region, were shared across boundaries. We felt we would have a much louder voice if we all came together.”

The East of England LGA has pulled together a case study of this approach to help share the learning.  The case study can be found here

More information can also be found in the LGC article linked below:
https://www.lgcplus.com/politics/devolution-and-economic-growth/south-essex-councils-to-formalise-joint-working/7028338.article

 

 

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