The three local authorities in the Marches LEP area (Herefordshire Council, Shropshire Council and Telford & Wrekin Council) agreed in 2014 for a committee to be established ensuring decisions could be made jointly rather than separately by each local authority.
Role of MEJC
The resulting Marches Enterprise Joint Committee (MEJC) provides the highest level of decision making for the LEP. The MEJC has overall responsibility around the use of public funds, providing a level of democratic accountability, with the LEP Board making recommendations to MEJC.
The Board recommends the approval of plans and strategies which the LEP will adopt to govern its priorities and direction, including the Strategic Economic Plan (SEP), Business Plan, Growth Deal, Marches Skills Plan, EU Structural & Investment Funds Strategy (ESIF) and major transport projects.
The MEJC agrees the allocation of funds relating to the SEP.
The members of the MEJC are the Leaders of the three Councils:
The LEP Board Chair Graham Wynn OBE sits on the MEJC but does not have voting rights
MEJC tends to meet on bi-monthly basis, with all meetings open to the public. Herefordshire Council provides the secretariat for the MEJC, publicising, organising and taking minutes of the meetings.
In relation to the publication of meeting papers and agendas, MEJC complies fully with the timescales set out within the Local Government Act 1972. Please click here to review our commitment to the publication of meeting papers and agendas. Information around the LEPs processes for the handling of confidential and exempt information can be located here.
Information relating to future dates, minutes and papers for the Marches Enterprise Joint Committee can be accessed through this link.
The formal purpose, roles and responsibilities of the MEJC can be found in the LEP’s Accountability & Assurance Framework