Vote pledge on West Norfolk’s role in devolution talks

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West Norfolk’s councillors will have the chance to examine devolution proposals for the borough when they are finalised, the authority’s leader has insisted.

The pledge was made as opposition leaders questioned why the decision to go ahead with the discussions had not gone before the council as a whole.

A similar decision was only approved by a special meeting of the Norfolk County Council last month.

The Labour group leader John Collop also called for both him and his deputy, Andy Tyler, to be regularly briefed on the progress made in the talks.

But council leader Nick Daubney said the cabinet’s decision on the issue in early October was only intended to allow him to participate in the current discussions on moves towards a combined authority and the provision of additional powers from the government, under its devolution plans.

He added: “Nothing will happen until this council makes the decision as to whether we proceed.

“What we don’t know is whether government will accept that proposal.”