Bryony Houlden, Chief Executive, South West Councils
Welcome to the latest edition of SW News which celebrates the achievement of teams from councils across the South West who competed in a new event: SW Local Authority Challenge. Following feedback from participants about the success of the event we will be developing it next year and hope to again attract a substantial number of teams, the event was full this year so we planning to move to a slightly larger venue. All of the teams participated actively and showed a range of skills, the feedback so far is they also found it an opportunity to develop new skills.. It was great to have not only a number of stand-alone teams but also some partnership teams entered this year, and we have suggested some of our associate member organisations might particularly want to join these partnership teams. Congratulations to all the participants including the overall winners a partnership team from East Devon, Exeter and Teignbridge Councils who were the winners. We are also celebrating South West successes in the NALC Star Councils 2015 awards.
We are continually celebrating the success of individuals completing our coaching qualification programme, the next course starts in January if you or a member of your organisation is interested in becoming a qualified coach or did you know we can offer access to individuals to our team of qualified and experienced coaches at great value for money
South West Councils meet on 12 November and we are delighted that Lord Porter of Spalding is joining us to provide an update on the local Government Association.
As always, please do continue to let us know what you think of this newsletter or submit stories for publication, as well as ideas for future events and please keep telling us about your successes you want to share in this newsletter.
Nuclear power station to boost local economy
On the 21 October, the Government announced that the proposed nuclear power plant, Hinckley Point C, in West Somerset is to become a reality. There will be two reactors at the site, with the first expected to be operational by 2023.
Both Somerset County Council and West Somerset Council have welcomed the approval of Hinckley Point C. Both councils have highlighted the economic benefit that the station will bring to the area and the region. It is expected that the construction of the plant will create 25,000 jobs and will inject £100m into the local economy, in addition to 900 permanent jobs for its 60 year lifespan.