More economy control could be way forward
HAMPERED by high unemployment, inadequate infrastructure and a dwindling skill base, reviving Hull's economy is a big ask.
But Lord Heseltine's plans to allow businesses and local authorities more control over their own economy could be an effective way forward.
There has always been a lot of distrust about anonymous officials in London dictating what happens 200 miles up north.
No one knows better about the needs of Hull than those who work and live here.
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But for Lord Heseltine's vision to succeed, local authorities across the Humber will have to put past differences behind them and stop bickering.
It is not easy as there has often been competition between the north and south bank.
But the two areas have much more in common than not. Working together to achieve the ambitious aim of boosting the two ailing economies is essential.
Lord Heseltine has also warned the Humber against putting all its eggs into the renewables basket.
While representing a huge opportunity, Lord Heseltine rightly points out even a flourishing green sector will only represent a small percentage of the region's economy.
Building a flexible skill base is the best way of meeting the challenges ahead no matter what the industry.