Devolution item adjourned until Monday

17 November 2016

South Cambridgeshire District Council’s devolution item has been deferred until Monday 21 November by the Chairman of the authority.

The decision was made after an ICT issue outside of the Council’s control meant that some councillors did not receive the government’s draft order in good time to review it before the meeting.

This evening’s Council meeting to discuss, amongst other items, amendments to the South Cambridgeshire Local Plan will go ahead with an adjournment so the devolution item can be discussed early next week.

The devolution deal could put up to £770 million in the hands of local residents with powers also handed down from Westminster.

Cllr Sue Ellington, Chairman of South Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “An ICT issue has meant that some members have not had the information far enough in advance of the meeting to be able to digest all the details. It is important that members have adequate time before considering this important decision and it is absolutely right to adjourn this item this evening so it can be discussed on Monday evening. Debating devolution on Monday will not have any impact on the overall timetable as the last of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough councils will be taking a final decision on Tuesday.”

The decision to adjourn the meeting was taken after consultation with group leaders.

The devolution Council meeting will begin at 7.30pm on Monday (21 November).