As the first Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, I have been privileged to take on a role that has overseen massive investment into our area. From the initial 30 year £600m deal, the government have almost doubled their investment into the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough area. We have seen projects that had been long discussed become a reality, Peterborough finally has a university, the King's Dyke crossing is being built and Soham Railway Station will re-open this year.
I am passionate about this region, I have lived and worked here all my life and I know how important home ownership is here. Four years ago I promised to develop housing for lower paid, hard working people and that is exactly what I have done. The £100k Home delivers actual affordable home ownership. A first in the UK. We have developed the policy for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Homes aimed at people who live and work in the place the homes are built. Given the demand for the first homes built in Fordham, I estimated the need for these homes across Cambridgeshire to be 20 000. I have developed the policy from scratch, proved the concept, now it is time to build these homes in every part of Cambridgeshire.
The Combined Authority was formed on the day I was elected in 2017, we have since taken on Adult Education, the Local Enterprise Partnership and some environmental services. The CPCA is a very different organisation four years on. This year alone, through our business board, we have invested £55m directly into business support across the area. Our covid grant scheme helped small businesses not only protect 500 jobs during the pandemic but create around 240 more. From joiners to car supplies, golf courses to fabricators, we are there to support local business.
Devolution has brought positive change to Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. If re-elected I will continue to stand up for the region, putting the needs of the people of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough first.
Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough