Wanna be mayors face off at Cambridge Union
Property is very much one of the cards on the table when it comes to campaigning in the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Unitary Authority mayoral election.
The inaugural election of Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough takes place on May 4, with six candidates in the frame for the post which has been created following the devolution of responsibility for the region from central government to the local authority. The devolution deal includes a £20m a year fund to support economic growth, jobs and local infrastructure – rail and road improvement projects are also included, plus £170m for affordable housing.
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough have won £770m of new funding in total and the Mayor is tasked with leading the decision-making process on how to use the devolved powers.
If you want to find out more about the candidates they will be at a hustings at the Cambridge Union on April 5. The three main party contestants are James Palmer – Conservative; Kevin Price – Labour and Rod Cantrill – Liberal Democrat. The other candidates are Peter Dawe – Independent; Julie Howell – Green Party and Paul Bullen – UKIP.
The Mayor will cover an area that includes Cambridge City Council, Cambridgeshire County Council, East Cambridge District Council, Fenland District Council and Huntingdonshire
Representatives of firms and regional stakeholders can get along and ask them what they stand for by visiting www.cambridgenetwork.co.uk or calling (01223) 760102.