On Thursday 4 May 2017, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough will elect a Mayor for the first time.

If you are registered to vote in local elections for any of the councils of Cambridgeshire or Peterborough, you will be eligible to vote in this election.

In 2016 the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority was established, led by the seven council leaders.  The seven leaders will form the mayors cabinet, whilst continuing to lead their own councils.

The Mayor and Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority will be able to work with the seven constituent councils, local services, central government and other organisations in pursuing shared goals.

The Mayor of the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority

The Mayor of the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority will be a major figure in the political life of the region and will have various powers and responsibilities.

The Mayor will be a member, and chair, of the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority and will act as an ambassador for the region.

Transport

The Mayor of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough will be responsible for preparing the Local Transport Plan (with agreement of the Plan being subject to two thirds majority approval of the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority). The Mayor will also be responsible for the transport budget devolved from central government and (subject to future legislation) regulated bus services and smart ticketing.

Planning and Housing

The Mayor of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough will have powers relating to housing and planning within the region. This will include control of the Housing Investment Fund. The Mayor will also have the power to create a spatial development strategy for the whole of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough.

The Mayor’s planning powers do not override those of local councils and the spatial development strategy cannot be adopted unless it has the unanimous approval of the Members of the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority.

Decision Making

The Mayor of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough will be a member, and chair, of the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority. The seven council leaders will form the Mayor’s cabinet. The Mayor will be able to make some decisions independently but some of the Mayor’s decisions will also require consultation with and the approval of the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority. Furthermore, certain decisions of the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority will be non-mayoral decisions, which will be made by the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority itself (although the Mayor will be involved as one of the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority members).

The decisions of the Mayor, along with decisions made by the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority itself, will be subject to scrutiny by an overview and scrutiny committee made up of members of the seven constituent councils.