25 January 2024

Residents in Beverley and across the East Riding will be able to give their views on devolution proposals for the region in a series of drop-in events.

Several events have already taken place but more are planned by East Riding of Yorkshire Council in the weeks ahead, including one at Beverley Library on February 10. They aim to give people a chance to find out more and ask questions about the proposal to create a Mayoral Combined Authority (MCA) for Hull and East Yorkshire. 

A member of the council’s cabinet will be at each event, along with one of the council’s devolution experts. Printed copies of the public consultation survey will be available, and council officials will be on hand to help people complete it.

Councillor Anne Handley, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “We have had a great response to the consultation so far, but want to make sure we reach as many people as possible, and that’s why we are heading out on the road. 

“I plan to be at many of these events myself, so please come along and find out what devolution is all about. There is plenty of time left to have your say in the consultation, make your voice heard and help shape the future of this region.” 

From now until February 27, people can find out more about the devolution proposals and take part in the consultation at eastriding.gov.uk/devolution

You can also visit any East Riding library to get help completing the survey using a computer or completing the questionnaire on paper. 

Cllr Handley has said she would not go ahead with the deal if people were against it and her colleague Cllr Leo Hammond said consultation results would be independently analysed. 

The Hull and East Yorkshire MCA would have powers to invest in areas such as transport, skills and housing, as well as an additional £400m of devolved funding over the next 30 years to invest in local priorities. 

A combined authority for East Yorkshire does not mean the two councils would merge, only that they would collaborate on certain issues that affect everyone in the region. 

The councils and the delivery of day-to-day responsibilities would remain separate, and local services would not be affected. 

There are also drop-in events in Hull throughout January and February

Don’t miss Beverley FM’s Morning Mix on Wednesday January 31 when Cllr Hammond discusses the devolution proposals and public consultation with Rachael Campey after 11am.

Drop-in Event dates:

25 January 2pm – 3pm Snaith Library  
1 February 11am – 12noon Brough Petuaria Centre 
1 February 3.30pm – 5pm East Riding Leisure Francis Scaife, Pocklington  
 2 February 10am – 11am Market Weighton Wicstun Centre 
2 February12noon – 1pm Howden Library 
2 February3.30pm – 6.30pm East Riding Leisure Haltemprice 
8 February 3.30-6.30pm East Riding Leisure Bridlington 
10 February 10am – 11.30am Beverley Library 
13 February 11am – 12noon Hessle Centre 
19 February 9.30am-11am East Riding Leisure Withernsea 
19 February 11am – 12noon Hedon Centre