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Bugle readers' No to new Black Country region idea

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: April 11, 2014

By Dan Shaw

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A NEW push for plans to put the Black Country into a super region of Greater Birmingham has been given a huge thumbs down by Bugle readers.

Although the case has been presented before Andy Street, managing director of John Lewis and chairman of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, is leading a campaign for the idea to be looked at again.

The argument is that the West Midlands has been left behind by the economic juggernaut of London and the south-east, and that emerging areas, such as Greater Manchester, are set to overtake the region.

By creating a Greater Birmingham, which would have a population around 2.4 million, his group believes it would raise the region's profile with outside investors and create an economic force to take on all-comers.

The people would still be governed by their local authorities, but Dudley, Sandwell, Wolverhampton, Walsall and Solihull would all lose their distinct identities under the new Greater Birmingham banner.

However, the idea of sweeping away centuries of history has not gone down well with those who face the prospect of losing their long-cherished local identity in the Black Country. .

We asked our Black Country Bugle readers their opinions about the proposal on our Facebook page.

Within 24 hours more than 2,000 people had seen the post and 65 added their comments.

Unsurprisingly, all were against the change.

To read some of our readers' comments turn to page 3

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