North Yorkshire business leaders urged to back devolution deal

Business leaders in North Yorkshire are being urged to back the county’s bid for a new single council and help bring in new investment in infrastructure worth up to £2.4bn.

Sunday, 6th September 2020, 4:45 pm

Richard Flinton, chief executive of North Yorkshire County Council, said: “This devolution deal will back companies of all sizes with new investment of up to £2.4bn in the infrastructure they need to grow and prosper.”

York and North Yorkshire County Council are working on an devolution deal to take control of funds and powers from central government to accelerate the recovery from the pandemic and create new growth opportunities for businesses.

They have approved plans to invest £540m in fibre connectivity, £390m in transport links, £290m in market town centres, £215m in the bio-economy, £95m on housing, £50m on green energy and £10m in skills across the county over the coming years.

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