The Conservatives today announced the party’s candidate for the new West of England combined authority Mayor.
Tim Bowles will go before the public vote on May 4 to become the new Mayor for the region, working with three West of England councils (Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire) to invest £1bn into the region’s transport, housing, skills training and business support, along with other devolved powers.
Tim was elected as South Gloucestershire Councillor for the Winterbourne ward in 2010 and 2015, and his initial priorities include: producing a clear strategy to boost economic growth and prosperity for locals, developing long term solutions for the region’s transport and housing needs, attracting new businesses and supporting existing ones to provide opportunities throughout the region and improving higher education.
Tim Bowles said: “The devolution deal is an opportunity to harness real power and create growth in the West of England. I want to bring together my experiences in politics and business to serve the region so that we build an economy that works for everyone.
If elected, I will work with our MPs, Government, local political and business leaders to negotiate new opportunities and deliver positive change for our region”
“Tim is an excellent local candidate with experience in business and has long been a community champion in our area. I look forward to working closely with him to boost growth, jobs and transform public services if he is elected in May.
This new role is part of the Government’s ambitious plans to work with local areas so that local people have a greater say in shaping the places they know and love. The Mayor will have control of a budget worth around £1 billion to invest in our region’s transport, housing, skills training and business support so it is important we have a candidate who knows the area well and is dedicated to its improvement.”