At the heart of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough is Compassion, Co-operation and Community
At the heart of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough is Compassion, Co-operation and Community

Dr Nik Johnson

Nik.Johnson@cambridgeshirepeterborough-ca.gov.uk

In preparing this annual report I took the time to review the words I wrote a year ago as the then recently elected Mayor. If a week is a long time in politics, then the last year at times has seemed like a lifetime. I am sure many of you will be aware of the challenges our Combined authority has faced. As I have said publicly that following my election in May 2021 and my arrival at the Combined authority the problems that the central Conservative government had already highlighted at the heart of the Combined authority did not immediately disappear.

I am genuinely sorry that trying to solve and work through all the legacy problems and challenges is taking so long. There is still so much to do. In order to turn the Combined authority around it needs a huge commitment from both the constituent members and the constituent authorities, with input from the officers and the communities from across the whole area.

Fostering this sense of collective leadership and a sense of common purpose is the challenge whilst starting the rebuilding of an organisation in terms of capability, capacity and culture. The appointment of a new interim CEO at the end of June means we are now ready to move forward with ambition.

For the immediate foreseeable future , our actions at the CPCA will rightly remain under the close scrutiny of national Government , particularly the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC), whilst working alongside the LGA ( Local Government Association) .

I am absolutely determined to show that a Labour and Cooperative Mayor is the right fit for the people of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough., I have lived and continue to live by the 3 Cs values I so regularly talk about. I have been proud to bring these values to the role of Mayor for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Compassion, cooperation, and community is the bedrock of all I stand for and whilst there may have been challenges there has also been successes along the way. The political tide is changing across our region and our progressive policies to tackle the inequalities we all see daily are making a difference.

The most recent AGM at the end of June was where we could really begin to see things changing – decisions made by the board that would not have happened with the previous administration.

They included

a) approving a £2million Business Case for Care Home Retrofit project

b) approving £280,000 Business Case for Logan’s Meadow Local Nature Reserve Wetland Extension project

c) approving £210,000 Business Case for the Natural Cambridgeshire project.

d) approving £1million Business Case for the Nature and Environment Investment Fund project

e) approving the £1 million Business Case for the Net Zero Villages Programme

f) approving the £125,000 Business Case for the Doubling Nature Metrics project.

g) approving the £80,000 Business Case for the Cambridge City Portrait project

These are just a small example of how things are changing and how our Combined Authority is changing its priorities in line with a new sustainable growth ambition statement with the overarching principles to tackle inequalities in all areas.

There is however much more to do and huge challenges on the horizon based on a cost-of-living crisis and increasing challenges to our communities.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to highlight some of the good news – However, there is the potential for so much more. I would appreciate the opportunity to come and speak directly in person to the CLP so I can give even more detail of how we can all begin to highlight and deliver the societal change that a Labour and Cooperative Mayor leading our Combined Authority can .

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