Securing the future Growth and Prosperity of the West Midlands and beyond
We are writing to you as the council leaders of the Black Country and Birmingham to seek an early meeting so that we can give you further details of an important announcement we are making tomorrow.
We are pleased to advise you that Birmingham and the Black Country have agreed to form a combined authority with the key purpose of maximising the opportunities for "value-added" jobs and wealth creation in the West Midlands and beyond. We are mindful of our responsibilities for, and the necessity of making our full contribution both to the UK's economic recovery and the re-balancing of the national economy.
In addition to the above commitment, we are also able to advise you that we are in ongoing and constructive discussions with the Leaders of Solihull Metropolitan Borough and Coventry City Councils, as well as a number of the neighbouring district councils, with the avowed aim of building as broad and deep a coalition for prosperity as we possibly can. We are hopeful that further positive announcements can be made in due course.
We are sure you will agree that this is hugely positive news for the West Midlands, building as it does on pre-existing collaborations across both the metropolitan area and through our respective Local Enterprise Partnerships.
This alliance of the willing will potentially enable us, dependent upon the ultimate decisions taken by Solihull and Coventry, to have direct influence over the economic fortunes of more than 3.4 million people and ensure that the wider Midlands area becomes the lynchpin of the economic re-balancing and renaissance that we are all so committed to delivering.
We have enclosed our press release and the statement we will be making tomorrow.
We look forward to discussing our plans with you in person very soon.
Coun Darren Cooper, leader of Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
Cllr Sean Coughlan, leader of Walsall Council
Cllr David Sparks, leader of Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
Sir Albert Bore, leader of Birmingham City Council
Coun Roger Lawrence, leader of Wolverhampton City Council