Residents, businesses and organisations can have their say on the North of Tyne devolution proposals at a special event in Alnwick.
The proposals, which were announced last November, offer a once in a lifetime devolution deal for Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland that includes unprecedented new powers and a £600 million investment fund.
The new investment and powers are expected to generate £1.1 billion for the local economy, create 10,000 new jobs and leverage £2.1 billion in private sector investment for the North of Tyne.
Residents and businesses have been able to give their views on the proposal via an online consultation since December after the three councils agreed to start the process of implementing the devolution deal for the North of Tyne.
The Alnwick event will give local people the chance to hear from the council on their hopes for devolution and the opportunities it provides to the area and its people. They can also give their feedback on the proposed scheme.
Councillor leader Peter Jackson said: “This deal gives us a once in a lifetime chance to take local decisions about our future to provide more and better opportunities for everyone.
“Consultation is a key stage in this process and we hope as many people as possible will take the opportunity to get involved.
“This is an essential first step to further devolution of both funding and local decision making powers for the benefit of local people."
The event is being held on Tuesday 23 January, 2pm to 4pm, at Northumberland Hall, Market Place, Alnwick.
People interested in attending should book a place by contacting [email protected].
The online consultation will remain open until Monday 5 February at www.northoftynedevolution.com/consultation.
Hard copies of the consultation document and questionnaire are also available in over 140 libraries and customer service centres in the region. Go to www.northoftynedevolution.com/consultation/get-a-copy for details.
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