West Norfolk Council leader to head county group

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Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk Councillors ENGANL00120130214162648
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West Norfolk Council leader Nick Daubney has been appointed chairman of a county-wide group of council chiefs.

News of his appointment to lead the Norfolk Leaders’ Group was revealed in his report to Thursday’s West Norfolk Council meeting.

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Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk Councillors ENGANL00120130214162648

And Mr Daubney said it showed the authority was working well with its counterparts across Norfolk.

He said: “I think it says something about West Norfolk’s place in the county.

“We’ve had issues with proposed unitary and imposed incineration but this means we are working effectively and constructively with our neighbours. I look forward to playing my part in that role.”

Mr Daubney also told the meeting that the government’s devolution proposals also provide “great opportunities” for councils like West Norfolk.

“We already have the ability by sharing resources with our neighbours to retain more bus rates. These schemes are likely to be extended.

“We have the opportunity under devolved powers if we choose to take them to bring more powers back.

“This is going to be a fast changing and exciting time and it requires effective leadership.”

The meeting also heard the business rates pool has generated a fund of £2.5 million for projects across the county.

Mr Daubney said the money could be used to fund studies like the one the council plans to undertake on Lynn’s South Quay.

But he added: “Nobody’s going to get a fully-funded project. This is for genuine Norfolk growth. It means if we all work together to attract business to Norfolk, we get rewards.