The Secretary of State for Wales today (Monday 8 June) said he has called together council leaders from the Cardiff capital region to drive forward plans for the City Deal for Cardiff.
The meeting – to be held on 11 June – will draw together the local authority leaders who collectively make up the region that will see social and economic benefit from the Deal.
The announcement came as the Secretary of State held meetings with senior business figures with the aim of keeping up the momentum to get a City Deal for Cardiff moving in the right direction.
Mr Crabb met Roger Lewis, Chairman of Cardiff Capital Region Advisory Board, and Nigel Roberts, Chairman of Cardiff Business Council, to discuss how the Deal will support regional businesses. .
The opening of discussions around a City Deal were confirmed by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the Budget on 18 March. Previous City Deals have involved local and central investment.
The Secretary of State said:
Cardiff is Europe’s youngest capital city, a vibrant place which, once a cradle of the industrial revolution, is now creating an exciting future as a place to invest.
It has already benefitted from 21st century digital infrastructure like the Cardiff Internet Exchange - a great example of Government, business and local partners working together.
It is my hope that we can take forward the Cardiff City Deal in this way - but on a scale that will benefit not only people in Cardiff, but across the capital region.
The recovery is gathering pace right across Wales and in Cardiff we have a unique opportunity. The task now is to bring together the private sector, the Welsh Government and those councils which make up the Cardiff Capital Region.
Across the UK, City Deals are delivering major investment, clearing the way for new infrastructure projects and setting a clear strategic vision for growth. I don’t want to see Wales being left behind.
Notes to editors:
The leaders invited represent the councils covering Cardiff; Blaenau Gwent; Bridgend; Caerphilly; Merthyr Tydfil; Monmouthshire; Newport City; Rhondda Cynon Taf; Torfaen and Vale of Glamorgan.