Public consultation has started on a list of 19 schemes which could boost the Sheffield City Region’s economy by seven billion pounds over the next decade.
The Local Transport Body (LTB) is asking the public for opinions on its initial list of major development projects.
The LTB’s analysis of the schemes shows that they have the potential to boost the Sheffield City Region’s economic output by over 20 per cent and create almost 4,500 sustainable new jobs.
The online consultation asks residents and businesses for their views on the list, which covers schemes which will impact on jobs and economic growth in Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire Dales, Doncaster, North East Derbyshire, Rotherham and Sheffield.
On Thursday 31st July, the initial list was submitted to the Department for Transport, fulfilling a necessary requirement as part of the Sheffield City Region’s deal to devolve £113m of major transport funding from Government.
Barnsley Leader and LTB Chair, Councillor Sir Stephen Houghton CBE, said:
“The Government wants to devolve funding and decision making powers to the Sheffield City Region because ministers can see that better investments are made by local leaders, who understand the impact that decisions have on everyday life.
“Our analysis clearly shows that if we make these investments we will massively boost the local economy and create thousands of jobs. However, the numbers only show one side of the story.
“We want local people to tell us what they think, so we can better understand how these projects could impact on residents and businesses in the Sheffield City Region.”
Public consultation on the LTB’s initial list of schemes is taking place between August 1 and September 15.