Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of Liverpool City Region
At the end of a very busy inaugural year as Metro Mayor for the Liverpool City Region, it is good to have the opportunity to look back and reflect on those first 12 months.
When the opportunity came to stand for election as the region’s first Metro Mayor, I jumped at the chance to work to transform the area I come from. Devolution means that decisions on the things that affect us are taken here, in the Liverpool City Region, rather than Westminster.
We are working to ensure that we have a 21st century transport system, a cleaner environment, an education and skills system that raises aspirations and lets our young people thrive, and economic growth that benefits everyone. And working together with the six councils we have achieved a great deal in these first 12 months.
We are delivering an investment programme worth more than £1bn, to drive improvements in transport, skills, economic development and housing. We are working to transform our city region so our economy can thrive and benefit us all.
Our region boasts some of the finest assets in the country and we must make better use of them to benefit our whole region. We can become Britain’s energy coast for renewables and the most digitally-connected region in the country.
That’s why we’ve established the Mersey Tidal Power commission to harness the tidal power of the River Mersey and we’ve started work on bringing ultra-fast internet to the whole of the Liverpool City Region.I stood as Metro Mayor because I believe that devolution is a game changer for our region. One year on I’m more convinced than ever that we are making real progress towards a brighter future.