South Tyneside council bosses to debate borough’s post-Brexit future

Coun Audrey McMillan.
Coun Audrey McMillan.

Jobs and the economy in post-Brexit South Tyneside will be discussed by a key council comittee next week.

Members of South Tyneside Council’s Place Select Committee will discuss the Government’s Industrial Strategy – a Green Paper aimed at making the economy fit for the future.

Key commitments in the plan include investment in science, research and innovation, an upgraded infrastructure, support for businesses and boosting skills in science and technology which employers need.

Committe chairman, Coun Audrey McMillan sees the council playing a key role.

However, a report highlights that, although the aims of the strategy are welcome, there is a lack of detail in some areas. In particular, there is little commitment to future resources available to support the delivery of the strategy, including how European money previously used for this will be replaced.”

Coun McMillan, said: “The Strategy presents a great opportunity for Local Government. We play a key role in creating the conditions in which economies can grow and, in the context of the Green Paper, how the enablers of growth come together at a local level to drive economic growth in places.

“A recognition by Government that the ‘place’ dimension is critical to driving growth across the country is positive.

“A commitment to focus on world-leading sectors with the automotive sector enjoying a high profile throughout the document is also to be welcomed. This clearly has implications for South Tyneside regarding the International Advanced Manufacturing Park,”

Members will also discuss the Government’s White Paper on housing which was published last month.

The Place Committee will be held at 10am on Tuesday at Jarrow Town Hall.