COULD Solihull end up sharing a mayor with Birmingham and the Black Country?
This week an influential think-tank suggested elected mayors should control city-regions.
The report also said that the individuals could take charge of police, transport authorities, and even council tax increases.
Previously the elected mayors have controlled relatively small areas, with London’s Boris Johnson being the exception.
But if this changed, and an elected mayor was installed in the Midlands, what would this mean for our borough?
I suspect the plans would meet a lot of resistance locally.
Only a few years ago there was talk about rebranding the West Midlands as Greater Birmingham. A small matter of semantics perhaps, but it did cause some concern.
So, you have to wonder what would happen if Solihull had the same First Citizen as Birmingham, Coventry, et al.
Would there be economic benefits? Perhaps an end to the inflation-busting council tax increases?
Or would Solihull risk losing its identity – with five times the population, Birmingham would always be regarded as the senior partner.