Hull City Council leader Steve Brady has urged northern Lincolnshire leaders to get behind the proposed Humber devolution deal, warning their communities will "never forgive them" if it doesn't go ahead.

Councillor Brady has been a vocal advocate of the Humber devolution deal, which would see more powers and government funding head to the region.

The four councils on either side of the river - East Riding and Hull on the north bank and North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire on the south bank -  would work together on strategic issues such as economic development, skills and training, while senior councillors and officers would join forces to prioritise and oversee key funding decisions.

However, each individual council would continue to operate their own day-to-day-services, from bin collections to looking after vulnerable children and adults

Last week, there appeared to be a breakthrough following a meeting between representatives of the four councils and Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry.

Jake Berry

However, politicians in northern Lincolnshire have since pushed back at any suggestions they are in favour of linking up with the north bank, instead saying they favoured a deal with authorities across Greater Lincolshire.

Mr Brady told Hull Live that while he understood the concerns of his south bank neighbours, there was "no other offer on the table".

"I can understand the concerns -  we've got the Yorkshire tradition and the Lincolnshire tradition - but this is about serious money for everybody.

"My goodness does Scunthorpe and Grimsby need that money, and so does Hull and the East Riding."

"This is purely about economics," he added. "The economics work but the geography will always be the geography."

The two south bank councils have historically tended to favour joining up with authorities in Lincolnshire rather than their neighbours on the north bank, in part due to concerns around the loss of identity and domination by the north bank.

Cleethorpes MP Martin Vickers said on Tuesday: "I met with the leaders of both North and North East Lincolnshire Council last week and I share their opinions that a Greater Lincolnshire deal is by far the best for my Cleethorpes constituency.

"Those of us who recall the days of County Humberside well remember that decision-making and resources benefited the north bank far more than the south.

"Of course I recognise that there must be maximum co-operation to ensure the local economy continues to improve, but that can be done through structures that means decision-making rests with Lincolnshire based local authorities.”

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However, Mr Brady stressed that the Humber deal would not take the regions back to the days of the unpopular county of Humberside.

"My message is that I see the difficulties, but this is purely an economic decision that needs to be made. It is for the good of the people in North and North East Lincolnshire and Hull and the East Riding.

"The people of North and North East Lincolnshire will still have their traditions. There will be no Big Brother watching."

Urging the councils to put their differences aside, Mr Brady added: "The message from Jake Berry was that you either agree a deal or you will be at the back of the queue when it comes to appeals for funding.

"There are already lots more councils across the country ready to put in bids.

"If it is turned down we will all suffer. Business confidence will suffer and I don't think they will forgive us."

Last week's meeting between the four councils and Mr Berry came following progress for other Yorkshire regions.

A deal including four councils in South Yorkshire - Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield - has been agreed with the government, paving the way for Whitehall funding and decision-making powers to be handed to the directly elected Sheffield city-region mayor Dan Jarvis.

Another deal is widely expected to be approved soon for a cluster of councils in West Yorkshire, including Leeds and Bradford.