All of the Core Cities have close relationships with our regional airports, that’s because we all recognise their importance as vital tools for growth, attracting business and leisure travellers and enabling local businesses to connect to markets around the world.
We recently supported a Runways UK Regions event - part of the UK Airports Commission’s regional consultation on its options to increase runway capacity at either Heathrow or Gatwick. At the event, we asked whether airports expansion in the South East is relevant to the rest of the country and debated the role regional airports can play to increase the UK’s connectivity.
The event created some spirited debate, particularly from those who, like me, are disappointed that an option making use of spare capacity in our regional airports did not make Sir Howard Davies’ final shortlist.
But it’s important to remember that any option chosen by the commission will have a '...
From Cllr Jon Collins, leader of Nottingham City Council and Core Cities UK Vice Chair: Growth.
From a Core Cities perspective, this week’s autumn statement was noticeable for its lack of detail on fiscal and functional devolution to our cities.
In fact, we heard more about fiscal devolution to the UK’s nations, including proposals to set and retain taxes in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, than we did about the great cities of Britain.
We believe, and most economists agree, that it is cities that drive growth to nations, not the other way around.
The chancellor stated that he wants to achieve balanced growth, control public spending and create a ‘truly national recovery’. The easiest way he can do this is to give more powers to the Core Cities and their urban areas.
That’s not to say other places don’t matter, they do, and can also deliver more, but between us we...
It’s been a busy few weeks for Core Cities and others who believe in greater freedoms for our city regions.
The RSA/City Growth Commission’s final report attracted widespread national media coverage, we also had a national focus on the ‘powerhouse of the North’ and ‘HS3’. Then there was then the ground-breaking devolution deal between the Government and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority as well as today’s agreement to create a new combined authority covering the West Midlands.
This week also saw the Northern Future’s Summit in Leeds where city leaders and mayors heard and debated the merits of a range of ideas designed to create a more prosperous North.
On the night before the summit, the BBC held a series of TV debates across England asking ‘What next?’ after the Scottish independence vote and published the results of a ComRes poll that made it clear the growing level of support for...
This afternoon, the ten leaders and mayors of Core Cities UK, the 'Core Cities Cabinet', met with William Hague MP, chair of The Cabinet Committee for Devolved Powers, to discuss a plan to drive forwa...
Cardiff is the newest member of the Core Cities Group.
The Welsh capital has become the 10th city in the UK to join the group that promotes the role of cities in driving economic growth.
At the recent Core Cities Business Summit on 12th September, Cllr Jon Collins Leader of Nottingham City Council and Core Cities Vice Chair: Growth delivered the following opening address.