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Local enterprise partnership "could strengthen links"

The creation of a local enterprise partnership (LEP) covering Derby, Nottingham, and their counties, will stop the cities competing for the same funds, according to the chair of the bodyís shadow board.
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Also in the round-up on Thames Gateway News:

Sir Bob Kerslake: HCA up to Tory scrutiny challenge: The Homes and Communities Agency is up to the challenge of Conservative scrutiny should the Tories win power at the next election HCA chief executive Sir Bob Kerslake has said. (Construction News)
HCA renewal budget 'to be halved': The national housing and regeneration agency's dedicated regeneration programme will see its budget almost halve between this year and next, its corporate plan for 2009-11 reveals today. (Regeneration and Renewal)
Party marks IPC for chop: The Liberal Democrats would merge the Thames Gateway's two development corporations, the Building Regulations Advisory Committee with the National Housing and Planning Advice Unit and English Heritage with the Heritage Lottery Fund. (Regeneration & Renewal)
£170m funding for education shelved: PLANS to invest £170million into Thurrockís education facilities have been shelved by the Learning and Skills Council. (Yellow Advertiser)
Town set to miss out on £15m Government grants: Southend might miss out on £15million of Government cash because of public spending cuts. (Echo)
Thurrock cabinet wants planning powers returned: MEMBERS of Thurrock Councilís cabinet want planning powers back. Thames Gateway is undergoing a five-year review and the Government is consulting on its future. (Echo)
New £49million cement plant opens in Tilbury: A £49million cement plant opened in Tilbury today. The 1.2million tonne plant, owned by UKís biggest Mexican investor Cemex, is the only cement plant in the south east. (Thurrock Gazette)
Council call for planning powers to be returned in review of DC: THURROCK Councilís cabinet called for planning powers to be returned to them in a review of Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation last week. (Thurrock Gazette)
Liberal Democrats would scrap regional development agencies: The Liberal Democrats have announced plans to scrap both regional development agencies (RDA) and the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) if they win the next General Election. (Architects Journal)
Lib Dems get savage with quangos: The Liberal Democrats would scrap the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) and the nine regional development agencies along with other quangos if they get into power. (Planning)
ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER - SCHWARZENEGGER INVITED TO LONDON OLYMPICS: The Terminator star has been asked to return to east London to see how the area has transformed since he lived and trained there as a bodybuilder in the 1960s. (Contact Music)
LDA projects face £45m cutbacks: London's main economic development agency is to make £45 million of cutbacks in the current financial year after its accounts revealed a £160 million spending overcommitment. (Regeneration & Renewal)
Minister dismisses claims of boycott by MPs: The minister for the South East has brushed aside criticism of an inaugural meeting to discuss the regionís economy. (Your Canterbury)
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