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Former council leader voices concern over future of services.

A FORMER leader of Solihull Council has voiced concerns over the future of borough services if neighbouring Birmingham opts for an elected mayor.

A FORMER leader of Solihull Council has voiced concerns over the future of borough services if neighbouring Birmingham opts for an elected mayor.

Coun Ted Richards, cabinet member for transport and highways, raised the issue at Solihull Council’s cabinet meeting, during a discussion of the area’s Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

The LEP gives local authorities the power over the future economic development of their area. The aim is for Solihull and Greater Birmingham to work together on issues like employment and infrastructure, to quicken economic recovery.

Coun Richards warned that if Birmingham gets its own Boris Johnson, complications could arise and decisions made which will affect Solihull.

“If there was an elected mayor for Birmingham, we would expect them to have the power over services like transport and the police. And this would be to the detriment of other authorities like Solihull. ”

A referendum will be held in Birmingham in on the issue in May.

 

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