Hull could get millions in funding and secure devolved powers if this deal with the government goes ahead

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 7 Mar 2018

Hull is hoping to line up its own City Deal with the government to unlock new multi-million funding and secure more decision-making powers.

If given the go-ahead, it could see:

  • Financial backing for the city's £50m cruise terminal project.
  • Devolved powers to take greater control of skills and training funding in Hull.
  • New intervention measures for privately-owned eyesore sites such as St. Andrew's dock to help trigger re-development.

City council officials are currently negotiating with their counterparts in Whitehall over a potential City Deal.

Until now, similar deals have only been struck with so-called city regions, which typically include a cluster of neighbouring local authorities. A Hull-only deal would be regarded as a first.

City council leader Steve Brady with City of Culture volunteers at Hull City Hall.

City council leader Councillor Steve Brady said: "We have had quite a warm reception from the government to our proposal and have received a lot of encouragement from them.

"The conservations between us are ongoing but it's looking positive and I think we are coming to a point where we are ready to submit our final proposals.

READ MORE: 'Hull's £50m cruise terminal will never happen under Lib Dems' - council's war of words continue

"I would hope there could be some sort of agreement by the autumn."

Cllr Brady said the talks had been held alongside a separate push by 18 councils across Yorkshire, including Hull and the East Riding, for a regional devolution deal.

St. Andrew's Dock and the Lord Line building

"The two are quite separate because the City Deal might happen a lot sooner than the One Yorkshire bid, which is looking like 2020 at the earliest.

"I believe both would be the right thing for Hull but obviously a City Deal would be a lot more focused on Hull as a city and what we can deliver as a city."

Read more: Public inquiry launched over planning stalemate at Hull's notorious derelict sites

He said the cruise terminal project, which is envisaged for a site between The Deep and Victoria Dock, underlined Hull's ambitions.

"We think the cruise terminal would be fantastic for Hull and a City Deal would potentially help make that happen," he said.

"Being able to make decisions ourselves without having to always go cap in London has to be the way forward."

Meanwhile, the One Yorkshire proposal for a devolution deal has been formally submitted to the government. It commits to creating a new regional body led by a directly-elected mayor by 2020.

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