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West Norfolk Council ponders cross-border partnership idea

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Plans for a new strategic partnership between West Norfolk Council and Cambridgeshire's combined authority are set to be examined today.

Officials say the measure, if implemented, will strengthen both existing links between the two bodies and the fight for major infrastructure improvements across the region.

Under the proposals, members of the two bodies would meet twice a year to discuss ways of working together and agree shared priorities.

GV of the Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk, King's Court Hq, Chapel Street King's Lynn. (14778566)
GV of the Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk, King's Court Hq, Chapel Street King's Lynn. (14778566)

The draft agreement, which has been published ahead of a borough council cabinet meeting this afternoon, includes a specific commitment to work together on long sought road upgrades to the A10 and A47, as well as on skills and housing provision.

A report by borough council chiefs said the bid to secure major upgrades to the rail line linking West Norfolk with Cambridge and London would also be a priority.

And, although each body will continue to make its own decisions, joint approaches to government for funding could be pursued, particularly in areas like infrastructure.

The draft agreement says: "Partnership is essential to delivery.

"The public sector in particular needs to work more closely to leverage all its resources, human and financial and build a consensus.

"This will enable us to take forward our shared aim of giving our communities, businesses and central government the confidence that when they make decisions to live, grow and invest in our region, they do so knowing it has a great future.

"The right partnerships respect geographic boundaries but break down arbitrary barriers that often delay common sense approaches to driving economic, housing or trade benefits."

The cabinet meeting at Lynn town hall is scheduled to start earlier than usual, at 3.30pm.

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