The new Mayor of the West of England, Tim Bowles, has been officially sworn in to office at Engine Shed, Bristol.
He said he was very proud to be elected as the very first West of England Mayor:
This is an exciting time for our region as the West of England Combined Authority takes on new powers, funding and responsibilities from central Government.
Mr Bowles said he would work collaboratively and constructively with his colleagues in the Combined Authority, as well as the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership:
Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol
Cllr Tim Warren, Leader of Bath & North East Somerset Council
Cllr Matthew Riddle, Leader of South Gloucestershire Council
Steve West, interim chair, West of England LEP
I know the three councils have worked together very successfully over many years – I want to build on that track record. Together we will make decisions about what is best for our region, cutting across the divides of council boundaries.
Mr Bowles says his first task is to meet people from the relevant walks of life to discuss how to go forward together.
Over the coming weeks and months I’ll be going out and about to meet as many people as I can. I’ll be talking to businesses of all sizes, transport operators, our local colleges and universities and community groups, to talk about the challenges we face and how we can work together to benefit everyone across our region.