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Wiltshire signs up to be part of a Gateway

December 5, 2019 7:50 AM
By Trevor Carbin

The North has a Powerhouse, the Midlands has an Engine, and now our bit is to become a Gateway. The Western Gateway will stretch from Gloucestershire to The Gower and from Swansea to Salisbury, taking in Cardiff, Newport, Bristol and Bath.

Wiltshire Council Conservatives have agreed to shell out £20,000 to fund a commissariat to get the scheme going. The government is putting in £400,000. Much more money will be needed in future years, though WC will review the situation next year to see if the Gateway is worth bothering with.

The aim of the exercise is 'promoting and maximising economic growth' and 'ensuring our desired infrastructure and other needs are addressed'.

It's not clear what the Gateway is a gateway to. It could be Wales or London or the South West Peninsula or the amorphous centre, depending on which way you're facing.

Details in the WC 'cabinet' agenda item 8