Future Devolution for Warrington and Cheshire (press comment)
By Cllr Bob Barr in Warrington Guardian
The Liberal Democrat Group welcomes the opening of discussions on a devolution deal with central government which would involve the Cheshire and Warrington Authorities working more closely together.
Whether a devolution deal and an elected executive mayor will benefit Warrington needs to be proven. We need to know the size of the prize for such a deal, but also consider the penalty that Warrington may have to pay if it doesn't participate.
This is a long-term decision for Warrington and requires the reconvening of an all-party working group to consider the options as was the case during previous devolution negotiations.