Norwich and Breckland reject East Anglia devolution deal

Norwich City Council and Breckland Council have both rejected the proposed East Anglia devolution deal, leaving its future uncertain.

Norwich City Council leader Alan Waters voiced concerns over the deal, describing it as a ‘rushed exercise’ taking place at a ‘turbulent’ time in the UK.

Additionally, Labour councillor Roger Ryan opposed the deal on the grounds that an elected Mayor would would be able to overturn the council’s decisions and ‘take power away from the people of Norwich’.

Norfolk County Council has already voted in favour of the deal, while Broadland District Council has endorsed the start of a public consultation over the proposals. However, the rejections from both Norwich and Breckland could potentially threaten the future of the project.

William Nunn, leader of Breckland Council, said: “Whilst Breckland is keen to foster partnership working, any devolution to a combined authority has to be right for the residents and businesses of our district.

“The matter has been debated and discussed at length with members over the last few months. Whilst devolution clearly presents opportunities to steer major decisions at a more local level, members are not yet convinced of the benefits of the deal in its current form and the requirement for a mayor.”