The mayoral elections are scheduled to take place on Thursday, 2 May 2024, marking a significant date for voters across the North East.

As Consett and the broader North East region gear up for a significant shift in regional governance, the North East Devolution Deal is set to introduce transformative changes not only locally but across Newcastle upon Tyne, Gateshead, Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, and Sunderland. With the establishment of the North East Mayoral Combined Authority officially beginning its operations on May 6, 2024—just days after the mayoral elections—residents are poised to witness a pivotal change in how local decisions are made.

Understanding the North East Devolution Deal

Signed in December 2022, the North East Devolution Deal is a landmark agreement transferring significant authority and financial control from the national government to local hands. With a robust investment of £4.2 billion over the next 30 years earmarked for key sectors like transportation, education, and housing, the Deal is set to drive economic revitalisation across the region, with particular benefits for infrastructure and connectivity in Consett, County Durham, and surrounding areas.

Empowerment Through Local Governance

The devolution deal emphasises local empowerment, allowing decisions previously made in London to be handled closer to home—in the council chambers and town halls of the North East. This shift promises to align policy-making more closely with the community’s specific needs and aspirations, potentially transforming everyday experiences for residents of Consett, Durham, and the entire region.

The Crucial Role of the North East Mayor

The mayor’s role under the new framework is crucial; it is not merely ceremonial but carries substantial authority over transportation, economic development, and housing. The decisions made by the mayor will directly influence the allocation and management of the region-wide investment, impacting lives in Consett, Durham, and all the counties involved.

Timeline and Public Engagement

The path to these elections has been shaped by extensive public consultations, setting the stage for a comprehensive regional transformation. As the election nears, the importance of active participation from all corners of the North East—including city centres and rural locales—cannot be overstated.

Opportunities and Challenges

While the deal promises job creation, business support, and public service improvements, navigating its implementation will involve addressing challenges such as fund distribution and bureaucratic complexities to ensure its success across diverse communities.

Local Impact: Consett and County Durham

For Consett and County Durham, the devolution deal represents more than restructuring; it is a chance to directly influence regional growth and local development, ensuring decisions are made by those who know our area best. It’s about local solutions to local challenges, enhancing the quality of life and economic prospects across the region.

Call to Action for Local Voters

The upcoming mayoral elections are a crucial opportunity for residents of Consett, County Durham, and the wider North East to shape their future. By staying informed and proactive, residents can help drive a governance model that fosters a vibrant, prosperous region.

2024 North East Mayoral Combined Authority Mayoral Candidates

The election features the following candidates, each aiming to steer the future of our region:

With representatives from various political ideologies, the upcoming election is set to be a defining moment for Consett, County Durham, and every county in the North East. As residents of this diverse and dynamic region, our participation in this election will determine the trajectory of our local and regional development for years to come.

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