Warning Lichfield and Burntwood has missed out on “great opportunity” by rejecting combined authority

Lichfield has missed out on a “great opportunity” by voting against joining a combined authority.

Chris Worsey, who came second in the Parliamentary election earlier this year, said the Conservatives at Lichfield District Council could live to regret the decision.

Councillors voted not to sign-up to the deal, with leader Mike Wilcox saying it was “too big a risk”.

Chris Worsey

Chris Worsey

But Mr Worsey, who is also a Labour representative on Sandwell Council, said: “I’m surprised at this decision

“The combined authority would bring millions of pounds of investment into our region and give us the power to make decisions locally.

“It was a great opportunity for Lichfield and the wider area.”

Cllr Mike Wilcox, Conservative leader of Lichfield District Council, said issues around voting powers had led to the no-vote.

“It was simply the case that joining a combined authority was too big a risk at this moment in time,” he said. “Other authorities have also decided not to go in, so it’s not as if we’re not on our own.”

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2 Comments

  1. Rob

    14th October, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    Why is he talking about “our” region, does he mean West Bromwich?

  2. Nomad

    14th October, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    So we missed out on an undemocratically appointed mayor who would have control of all of this
    To be the chair of the WMCA
    Power to increase tax on businesses in the region by adding a supplementary rates levy
    Power to add a precept to the council tax bills of residents
    Transport powers including control of investment in the area
    Power to introduce an Oyster-style pay-as-you-go card for the region’s rail and bus network
    Power over the region’s highways
    Power to enforce restrictions on commercial freight
    The ability to discount travel for specific groups
    Control over the commission of transport infrastructure projects
    Control over a devolved £1.3bn transport fund for the next 10 years
    Strategic compulsory purchase order powers
    I feel we want to be thankful common sense won the day and i feel in future LDC members should be more transparent about there plans instead of hiding behind closed doors, id say this needs to go to a referendum and let Lichfield people make up there own minds instead of having decisions like this made for them.