Solent Devolution Deal ‘left in the in-tray’ for ‘foreseeable future’

Sounds like plans for the Solent Devolution deal are not going to be forthcoming from the Government in the immediate future.

Wait sign

At last week’s extraordinary Executive meeting (see our live coverage), the proposed Solent Devolution deal was touched upon.

During the discussion about the proposed regeneration programme, Cllr Bacon advised the meeting that the Isle of Wight council had been told by the Secretary of State that all ‘deals’ that are currently ‘outstanding in creation’ are being left in the in-tray for foreseeable future.

Bacon: “Potentially a large pot of infrastructure funding”
He said,

“We assume nothing is happening in the immediate future, which is possibly a shame, because there was potentially a large pot of infrastructure funding which could assist with the regeneration programme.

“Maybe that will come forward in some way in the future.”

No specific update
A spokesperson from the Isle of Wight council also confirmed to OnTheWight today,

“There is currently no update to report. The proposals are with Government and there are no set timescales within which it must come to a conclusion regarding them.”

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Wednesday, 21st December, 2016 3:59pm



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Wise words

Get a fixed link the one stop solution to all our problems then this deal won’t matter because we won’t need extra funding and all of that will be solved


The so called regional devolution plans are akin to arranging the deckchairs on the titanic.

What is needed is rational cohesive funding for the existing stucture. Osbourne’s austerity cuts have bought about the current set of problems.

The best thing that can happen has happened and hopefully Theresa will knock this nonsense on the head for good.

As I have said before, “Don’t just do something, stand there.”


I would still like to know if, after taking independent legal advice, the Council Executive still claim the right to overturn a full council vote in apparent contradiction of the Constitution.

Rod Manley

I hate to say this Mr Bacon but, “WE TOLD YOU SO”….,!!!

Wise words

I agree. I have said all along this wouldn’t come to anything this deal will stay in the tray collecting dust.

billy builder

There will be many many things that will be left in the in-tray over the next few years as our economy goes into a tailspin as a result of BRexit. The deficit is already rising rapidly and will only get worse as debt repayment get increasing more difficult as interest rates soar as a result of the pounds devaluation and its continued decline.


@ billy

Oh goody. Are interest rates going to soar? At last I will get something from my savings.
And I thought interest rates were only kept artificially low to help the poor bankers.

billy builder

Colin, Interest rates have gone down not up, in an attempt by the Government to stop the economy crashing. It will be very unlikely that interest rates will rise any time soon as there are massive recessionary pressures within business following the BRexit vote. These pressures will get substantially worse over the coming years as a result of the BRexit vote.

The economy is, basically, being fuelled by debt, both business and consumer. That debt is sustainable only because of the extremely low interest rates. Britain, being a net importer of goods and raw materials, will see inflation start to rise next year (we have already seen it in food and fuel, this will spread to consumer goods in the first quarter of 2017). If it look like… Read more »
billy builder

And the really really sad but ironic think is that the worst hit will be the elderly and the poorest in society, ie those groups that were more likely to vote BRexit.

Well done, Billy. You squeezed Brexit in to the conversation (again). Now if someone can get… A fixed-link Jon Platt The waste contract Island Roads A tiger Drinking & driving Something bizarre from the mind of Chris Whitehouse A fixed-link (again) A whinge about the Independents on IWC Support for/opposition to The IOW Festival and/or Bestival Fixed-link (you can never mention in too often!) School standards Solent… Read more »
billy builder
DaveIOW, whilst you may not follow any form of News reporting, if you did you might appreciate that BRexit probably accounts for 50% of headline stories across the board. BRexit does and will colour every aspect of both UK and Island life for years and years to come. So stories such as this that revolve around Local finances, or stories around social care, elderly care, NHS, hotel… Read more »

So what’s plan B Isle oif Wight Councillors???? ( the ones that regularly contribute to this forum) no time for shrinking violets now!

Richard orchard


There isn’t a plan b in my opinion they put all there eggs in one basket on this one that is why the executive went against the full council vote on it. Now they are all scurrying around coming up with new plans like this regeneration plan they have just employed 2 people to lead which won’t come to anything.

Richard orchard

It is now time to use next mays council elections to get rid of the present council it has Been nothing but disaster after disaster since they won the last time to much arguing and not enough action.


Richard, I agree but the problem is that irrespective of political party or independent whoever we elect as our council seems to struggle with it once they get the job.


But some considerably more than others.
The independents started out with banner headlines in the County Press ‘We’re going to reopen all the public toilets’, if that was too much for them…….. devolution???


Hmmm, didn’t I read sometime after they were elected that they declared their manifesto to be ‘aspirational’?

Richard orchard

Tim it is a fair point you make but I feel the present administration are not up to the job they haven’t managed to control the arguments they have been very ineffective in my personal opinion.


Indeed so Richard.

Is there anyone with business experience amongst them? I doubt it based on their performance.

billy builder
Lets just consider some of the ‘Successes’ of the last Tory administration: Education managed so badly that the Isle of Wight Council were forced to outsource Education to Hampshire Childerns Services, so badly managed that the Isle of Wight Council were force to outsource to Hampshire. Island Roads PFI – that’s probably enough said Closing just about all Public Toilets and Public Libraries The list just goes… Read more »
Richard orchard

Billy I agree the last tory council was disastrous and should not be given another chance. But the present council aren’t much better it seems they are more interested in point scoring against each other instead of sorting what needs to be sorted. If they put the same energy into sorting things as they do bickering we would be in a better place now.


So where can I vote for you Richard? Which ward will you be standing in?

Island Monkey
The ‘last council’ is long gone. So called Tories like Pugh, Brown, Wells, Giles are a minor footnote in local history. The next Tory administration will be fresh and new. The current omni-shambles left-wing indie council, has indeed achieved nothing, from the very beginning they spent their term bickering with each other while blaming the conservative’s for their own miserable failings. That is not what islander’s want… Read more »

So come May we might just have a Conservative administration doing the bickering instead? By the way, how are matters between Andrew Turner and the IW Conservatives- are you still trying to deselect him?

Geoff Lumley

‘Fresh and new’ ? The current Tory group Leader and Deputy, Messrs Stewart and Hutchinson were both members of the the last administration’s Cabinet (Executive).

Richard orchard


Thank you for your interest but I am not standing for councillor. I have just been saying things as I see them whether it is right or wrong it is just my opinion.

Richard You have exemplified the problem. We all think our current governors (I won’t say “Leaders”) are rubbish but no-one is prepared to take on what is seen as a poisoned chalice. Do we actually have anybody on the Island who has the education, knowledge, experience, charisma, honesty and leisure to do a good job as Councillor? If we had, would they want to become associated with… Read more »
Ali Hayden.
So there is to be no Solent Devolution deal for the foreseeable future. I am presuming this probably means until after the Local Council Elections in 2018? The Isle Of Wight Local Council Elections are in May 2017, just 6 months away. The Island does indeed need a new kind of Councillor. Those who aspire to do the very best for their local communities + the Island… Read more »
open eyes

All the things you mention are from the previous Tory administration.
The current Independents are not perfect by any means, but seem to have done a fairly good job of managing the disaster left by Pugh and co, and have started to improve things despite government cuts.

Why would we want change?

Ali Hayden.

Why Indeed!