West Midlands Combined Authority proposals

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West Midlands Combined Authority proposals

You may have heard about proposals for Coventry to become part of a West Midlands Combined Authority. Combined authorities mean the government hands over some of its powers to councils in regions working together to deliver improvements in economic development, regeneration and transport. However, all decisions about local council services will still be made by Coventry councillors with no changes to boundaries, the civic role of the Council or the city’s sovereignty over its own affairs.

The proposed West Midlands Combined Authority is based on three current local economic areas covering Coventry and Warwickshire, the Black Country and Birmingham and Solihull.

We’ve already had some interesting discussions about combined authorities at ward forum meetings, but we know that some people can’t always get to evening meetings and would prefer just to pop into a local centre, so we have arranged some drop-in sessions. These sessions will suit people who’d like to find out more by chatting to someone.

On-line discussions started last week and meetings with specific groups and leaflets and comments postcards will also help you have your say.

The drop-in sessions will be held at the following venues between 11am and 3pm:

  • 26 City Arcade (former Voluntary Action Coventry) Thursday 13 August, Friday 14 August and Saturday 15 August
  • Wyken Community Centre, Westmorland Road, Monday 17 August
  • Allesley Community Centre, Winsford Avenue, Wednesday 19 August
  • St Paul's Church Hall, Foleshill Road, Tuesday 25 August
  • Xcel Leisure Centre, Mitchell Avenue, Wednesday 26 August

Further information about the combined authority and other ways to get involved can be found at www.coventry.gov.uk/combinedauthority.