Leaders meet to discuss future of Cardiff Capital Region

Local authority leaders from across the Cardiff Capital Region have met at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium this week to discuss the future vision and direction of the new city region.

The meeting was hosted by Chair of the Cardiff Capital Region Board Roger Lewis and brings together Leaders and senior officials from each of the 10 local authorities in the Region, which stretches from Bridgend in the west to Monmouthshire in the east.

Commenting before the meeting, Roger Lewis said:

“At the heart of this initiative lies the recognition that we’re stronger by coming together at a city region level, otherwise there is a real danger that Wales will get left behind as other city regions in the UK develop.

“It is of paramount importance that we engage with stakeholders to fashion the right delivery framework.  The Cardiff Capital Region Board is prioritising developing structured engagement with all stakeholders and partners in the Region, and today’s event is part of that ongoing process.”

Mr Lewis added:

“I am really heartened to say that in my many meetings with a wide range of organisations and community groups, there is so much support for this approach, which will unquestionably see better connectivity, communication and co-ordination across the region.”

The Cardiff Capital Region Board was established by the Minister for Economy, Science and Transport Edwina Hart to provide strategic direction and partnership working to support shared aspirations for jobs and growth.  It is focussing on working with local authorities, the local business community and others to identify and prioritise transformative projects. This requires positive engagement with partners from across the Region.