Special Economic Zone and Orbital Tube?

The Northern Powerhouse has had somewhat of a stutter since the EU Referendum. Our minds have been preoccupied with argument and counter-argument, accusation and counter-accusation.

Greater Manchester needs a mayor who’s going to put the project into fifth gear, and with Boris Johnson’s majority, there’s now political stability and momentum to deliver.

I’ve been considering running for Mayor for some time, and the person who always comes to mind is Tony Wilson, We do things differently here?

Being mayor isn’t about party politics, it’s about getting the job done and delivering for everyone, not a few of the same old cronies. When I win, We win.

People won’t go to the polls and decide on party, the’ll pick a candidate who’s going to champion for all the boroughs, not one just for the City Centre.

It’s time Manchester moves away from the same backward and divisive policies that amount to nothing. People are tired politicians who are all talk.

Transport

We need a transport system that works for all. We have three boroughs that are not services by the Metrolink, Bolton, Wigan, and Stockport.

Bolton’s beleaguered town centre is is a primary example of decline and isolation.

Instead of the usual linear rail line, a potential idea is to create an orbital line linking up the towns around Greater Manchester.

Disused Victorian lines and tunnels can be brought back into operation, whilst avoiding the City Centre Zone.

A new Tube going under the City of Manchester for HS2, and potential tube for the proposed HS3 to Leeds, could link up with the Orbital Metro in several places, allowing for fast entry to the City Centre Zone.

This would create a ‘Crosssrail’ for a fraction of the price, taking thousands of vehicles off the road.

Taxi & PH

Taxi and Private licensing to be moved to Mayor’s Office/Transport for GM. This will simplify governance and applications.

Emergency Services

Increased funding from central government will boost police numbers on the streets.

Greater integration between Fire and Ambulance will deliver cost savings centrally, whilst providing more funding for operational capability.

Joint command vehicles for civil emergencies, integrated rescue squads similar to NYC, and shared control rooms will deliver a joined up service.

This brings in potential to build on the Single Employer Model, putting the ‘Chief Constable’ in charge of fire, ambulance, and police cover in the county.

Policing

Move to a BCU model similar to the Metropolitan Police.

1 Chief Super per BCU, 4 Superintendents for each policing function, Response, CID, Safeguarding, Partnerships.

CID and Safeguarding will have two Chief Inspectors.

Creation a Violent and Organised Crime Task Force.

Constables and detectives to support Borough Command Units, carrying out overt and covert patrols, working with NCA, Customs, Border Force, and other partners.

Devolution

Further devolution and a ‘strong mayor’ approach must be one of the first things to be implemented.

What Manchester needs is a real ‘City Hall’ and elected assembly with its own AM’s (Assembly Members), a tier of government London has had for 20-years.

Currently there’s little scrutiny of the Deputy Mayor for Police and Crime, and local councillors have described the system as a chocolate teapot (MEN).

Having assembly Members forming an Emergency Services Committee will hold the Deputy Mayor to account and examine the work of the Emergency Services and Chief Officers.

Special Economic Zone

The creation of a county-wide, or even regional Special Economic Zone, with its own tax incentives, regulatory devolution, and budget/funding.

This will attract international job creators, multi-nationals, and entrepreneurs to Manchester.

Enterprise Zones

Within boroughs there can be Enterprise zones which specialise in specific industries, such as the one at Manchester Airport.

Enabling local government will deliver diverse sectors across all ten boroughs, from Media City to Trafford Park.