High Peak councillors give green light to Derbyshire combined authority plans

Buxton Town Hall
Buxton Town Hall

High Peak Borough Council has agreed to become a member of the proposed Derby and Derbyshire Combined Authority.

It is hoped being part of a combined authority will allow all ten Derbyshire councils to work more closely together to help create jobs, attract investment, improve transport and speed up decision-making.

For me, this is a no-brainer. Being part of a combined authority gives us a greater say on issues which directly affect us and our residents.

Cllr Caitlin Bisknell, Leader of High Peak Borough Council

Some members had raised concerns about the plans and suggested the High Peak would be better placed to form a combined authority with Manchester, but this is not possible.

Cllr Caitlin Bisknell, leader of the council, said: “For me, this is a no brainer. Being part of a combined authority gives us a greater say on issues which directly affect us and our residents.

“This is not about becoming a unitary council by the back door. In fact it is quite the opposite. It allows all councils to retain autonomy.

“If we are not part of a combined authority, we are left to play by ourselves with no voice.”

Cllr John Pritchard said: “I haven’t had too much time since this was first mooted to think about it and I have found it impossible to get feedback from my constituents because quite frankly they don’t know what I’m talking about. But I have come to the conclusion that I will support it.”

Cllr Tony Ashton said: “I have concerns about it, but it is the only thing on the table so with some reluctance I will pick it up.”