Stratford-on-Avon District Council has today, Monday 25 January reversed a previous decision in October last year and has now voted to become a non-constituent member of the West Midlands Combined Authority at the Full Council meeting.
A Notice of Motion was brought to the Council by Councillor Maurice Howse and seconded by Councillor Tony Jefferson for the Council to approach the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) to become a non-constituent member.
Cllr Chris Saint, Leader of Stratford-on-Avon District Council says:
“I am pleased that the District Council has taken the decision to be part of the West Midlands Combined Authority and aim to maximising the benefits for our District.
“The decision taken today means that the District Council will be able to play an active part in the devolution process currently under development. This does not represent a 'super council' as each member of the Combined Authority retains its independence and will continue to provide services like planning and refuse and recycling. It just means that there will be better collaboration between councils on strategic issues such as investment, skills, housing and economic development.
“We have always been a big believer in partnership working and where you cannot do things on your own, joining a partnership gives you greater resilience, greater freedom and greater spending powers allowing us to make sure our District benefits as much as possible."
Councillor Bob Sleigh, Chair of the West Midlands Combined Authority shadow board said: “We warmly welcome Stratford's decision. It strengthens our emerging Combined Authority further.
“We recognise Stratford's decision comes at a time when consultation on the first phase partnership has already started, so it won't become a member until later in the year. However they will be welcomed around the shadow board table until such time as formal membership can be progressed."
Council voted 22 for with 11 against.