The so called Devolution process taking place in Devon and Somerset right now, is an totally undemocratic and possibly unlawful transfer of power from local authorities to a quango of unelected and unaccountable business people called the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership.
Their meetings are held in secret and their minutes are not published. They control hundreds of millions of pounds worth of grants from the government and the EU and have spent millions on promoting Hinkley C power station. These are the people, nearly all property developers and construction CEOs who are writing the devolution bid for Devon and Somerset. Whilst local councils have their budgets slashed to a point they can barely function, the LEP enables enormous construction projects and is pushing for the building of 179,000 new homes, which are not affordable.
Local people are being shut out of decision making processes altogether while the responsibility for care homes, roads and house building is passed over to this opaque and remote quango, whose goal is growth at the expense of everything else.