The new elected mayor for the West of England Combined Authority – which covers the Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire authorities – is part of a £1 billion+ devolution deal. The area will obtain new powers from central government over such as transport, investment, funding, skills training, business support, housing and strategic planning. For further information on this subject read the bulletin below which was issued by Insider News Media today.
Roger Mundy, Managing Director, Beardsley Theobalds. 5th May 2017
West of England mayor elected
The first mayor of the new West of England Combined Authority has been elected.
Conservative Tim Bowles won the vote, beating Labour candidate Lesley Mansell when second-preference votes were counted.
No candidate secured the required 50 per cent of the vote when first preferences were counted, with Bowles and Mansell progressing to a second-stage vote.
Bowles ultimately secured 70,300 votes, to the 65,923 for Mansell. The overall turnout was 29.72 per cent.
The West the West of England Combined Authority covers the Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire authorities.
The new elected mayor is part of a £1bn devolution deal of the West of England secured by the three authorities. The region will get new powers from central government over areas including transport, investment, funding, skills training, business support, housing and strategic planning.
The deal is expected to be worth more than £1bn initially with the potential for additional financial benefits.
Bowles is new business development manager at Yate-based events company RTH and was previously elected as the South Gloucestershire Councillor for the Winterbourne ward in 2010 and 2015.