Regional devolution on the agenda at community meeting

People living in the Hebburn area can find out more about the proposal for devolved power to the North East region when their community area forum meets on Monday.

Forum members will receive a presentation on the North East Combined Authority and regional devolution.

Members will discuss the issue and explore the potential opportunities and risks new powers to the North East could bring to South Tyneside communities.

Councillor Jim Sewell, chairman of the Hebburn Community Area Forum, said: “This is an important issue to be discussed in detail exploring the opportunities and risks associated with devolved power for the region.

“Transferring more power to the region would enable decisions to be taken by the people who they would affect with local service providers shaping future services to meet local needs.

“I would encourage people to come along next week as this is an important opportunity for local people to find out more about the proposal for devolved powers and how it could help shape the long-term future of our region.”

Forum members will also consider how new powers granted by the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 could be used across the borough.

Members will review current Designated Public Places Order that are in place and discuss how new Public Spaces Protection Orders, that impose conditions or restrictions on how people use an area, could be used to protect larger areas of the Borough and safeguard residents in anti-social hotspots.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the 10am meeting at Hebburn Central.