District council rejects combined authority invite

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When it was put to the vote, 14 councillors voted in favour of becoming a non-constituent member, 16 voted against and one abstained.

In the vote not to become a non-constituent member, 16 councillors vote for, eight against, and seven abstained.

Cllr Chris Saint, leader of Stratford District Council, said: “The district council feels that the risks from the West Midlands Combined Authority outweigh the benefits of becoming a non-constituent member and its future within the Government’s devolution programme lies in developing the synergies between itself and neighbouring councils in shire areas.

“As such, the district council has declined the invitation to become a non-constituent member of the West Midlands Combined Authority and will pursue alternative options, should any materialise, in line with the council’s decision on 1st September.”

That decision was for Cllr Saint to sit on a shadow board with a simple watching brief.

Metropolitan councils in the West Midlands region – Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton – are spearheading the combined authority.

The Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership has agreed to join, but concerns have also been expressed over the idea by Warwickshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Ron Ball.

  • bran

    Why is there never any mention that SDC is already in a combined authority with Cherwell and South Northants and use a lot of time and resources sharing there ICT and legal services!! im guessing that’s the reason why we not going with Cov and Brum!!!

  • All government money is routed via the Coventry and Warks Local Enterprise Partnership http://www.cwlep.com and in future there will be more money through the West Midlands Combined Authority. By not joining we will lose out on vital infrastructure and funding. It is not good for the District and will also be damaging to businesses. I think SDC has made a big mistake. We have nothing to do with Cherwell and South Northants – this is a nonsensical move to link with them.