Birmingham Nov 18, 2015 16:28:39 GMT
Post by greenchristian on Nov 18, 2015 16:28:39 GMT
Whilst you can make a case for the Black Country being part of "Greater Birmingham" in a meaningful sense, it's nonsensical to extend that to Coventry, or to those Warwickshire councils which will be non-core members of the combined authority.
I live in Birmingham close to the border with Sandwell. I used to live in Wolverhampton, close to the border with Sandwell. It's the same place really. People commute across the boundaries. people shop across the boundaries. People have friends across the boundaries. The buses and trains are the same. Outsiders (aka inward investment) see it as the same place. Local rivalries are so strong that some thought a deal couldn't be done. But it's still the same place in reality.
Now that the powers have been revealed, it looks like all the combined authority's powers will simply be taking over what Centro and the Local Enterprise Partnerships currently do. Without genuine new powers, is there really a strong case for it?
I am far from happy with the Mayoral model of governance but there is a very strong case for a combined West Midlands Authority.