To: The Leader of Coventry City Council

Let Coventry residents decide whether or not they should be part of WMCA

Let Coventry residents decide whether or not they should be part of WMCA

Hold a referendum giving Coventry residents the opportunity to decide whether or not Coventry becomes part of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) with Birmingham, the Black Country and Solihull, and possibly Warwickshire, Hinckley and Bosworth.

This combined authority was formerly known as 'Greater Birmingham'

Why is this important?

Coventry City Council is supporting the proposal that it, alongside other Warwickshire councils in Coventry and Warwickshire’s Local Enterprise Partnership, joins the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP and Black Country LEP to form a West Midlands Combined Authority (this has been confirmed as the name of the CA).

Despite the fact that many residents have concerns about Coventry playing very much the second fiddle to Birmingham, as it did in the old West Midlands County Council days, our Council is not intending to canvas the opinion of residents through a referendum.

I do not believe that such a decision about the City, which will have an impact for decades ahead, should be made without full consultation and an extensive and public discussion of all the pros and cons.

Coventry, Warwickshire

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Reasons for signing

  • Coventry has its own unique character and concerns - quite different from the other authorities that the merger would be with. It wouldn't be in the interests of Coventry people to have more local issues diluted by being part of a very much larger combined authority. Part of Coventry's unique identity would be lost.
  • I live in Coventry, which is not part of Birmingham area but is a completely separate place.
  • Really do not like the idea at all

Updates

2015-05-28 18:05:55 +0100

There is now a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/givecoventryavoice. Please "like" and share.

2015-05-28 16:24:04 +0100

The Coventry City Council Cabinet met today to discuss a report on a Combined Authority for the West Midlands.

Following discussions, one of the recommendations (which was to spend up to £250,000 on "engagement with residents, local businesses, the city's Universities and other key partners") had the following words added:

"such engagement to include a range of options for engagement and to include consideration of whether a referendum is feasible."

This is NOT a promise to hold a referendum but it is an improvement on the previous "no referendum" position.

IF WE ARE TO SECURE A REFERENDUM, WE NEED LOTS MORE SIGNATURES.

2015-05-26 12:44:00 +0100

Further interviews scheduled this afternoon for BBC WM and BBC Midlands Today. Hopefully this will help us reach an even wider audience and get more signatures.

2015-05-26 12:42:17 +0100

Interviewed by Shane O'Connor this morning for his Breakfast Show on BBC Coventry & Warwickshire. Really nice balanced approach which was much appreciated and of course additional publicity for the Campaign.

2015-05-26 12:40:02 +0100

Delighted that Bob Ainsworth, a former Labour MP in Coventry, is supporting our Campaign.

2015-05-25 15:16:59 +0100

"Petition against Coventry joining Birmingham attracts 1,400 signatures in first 24 hours" http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/petition-against-coventry-joining-birmingham-9305951 (22 May 2015)

"Labour's move to join Coventry with Birmingham "not politically motivated"" http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/labours-move-join-coventry-birmingham-9304996 (23 May 2015)

2015-05-25 15:16:26 +0100

"Warwickshire councils against joining Birmingham super authority" http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/warwickshire-councils-against-joining-birmingham-9296186 (20 May 2015)

"Nuneaton Tory leader: Joining Birmingham would be "like doing deal with Devil"" http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/local-news/nuneaton-tory-leader-joining-birmingham-9301777 (21 May 2015)

"Cash-strapped Coventry council to spend £250,000 trying to win support for Birmingham alliance" http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/coventry-council-greater-birmingham-9310267 (22 May 2015)

2015-05-25 15:15:43 +0100

"What a Coventry and Birmingham combined authority would actually mean" http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/what-coventry-birmingham-combined-authority-8099186 (19 May 2015)

"Look: Your reactions to news Coventry could join forces with Birmingham" http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/look-your-reactions-news-coventry-9287305 (19 May 2015)

"Coventry and Warwickshire not too small to attract extra powers from government" http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/coventry-warwickshire-not-small-attract-9297405 (20 May 2015)

2015-05-25 15:15:10 +0100

"Coventry Manifesto: YOU want MPs to stop city becoming part of 'Greater Birmingham'" http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/coventry-manifesto-you-want-mps-8960612 (1 April 2015)

"Coventry council leader: Joining 'Greater Birmingham' would be good for city" http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/coventry-council-leader-joining-greater-9277554 (19 May 2015)

"Coventry Tory leader: "Joining Greater Birmingham would be turning back on Warwickshire" http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/coventry-tory-leader-joining-greater-9289183 (19 May 2015)

2015-05-25 15:14:27 +0100

"Greater Birmingham battle: Who wins when Coventry and Warwickshire go up against Brum?" (A humorous look at the issue) http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/greater-birmingham-battle-who-wins-8099275 (14 November 2014)

"Decision on a "Greater Birmingham" authority won't be made in secret" http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/decision-greater-birmingham-wont-made-8236209 (7 December 2014)

"Coventry will NOT be run from Birmingham pledge by council leader Ann Lucas" http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/coventry-not-run-birmingham-8263091 (10 December 2014)

2015-05-25 15:13:52 +0100

"Coventry set to join 'Greater Birmingham' super authority" http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/coventry-set-join-greater-birmingham-8067919 (7 November 2014)

"Coventry will 'never' be part of Birmingham, council leader Ann Lucas pledges" http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/coventry-never-part-birmingham-council-8092250 (11 November 2014)

"Coventry residents to be consulted over "Greater Birmingham" plans" http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/local-news/coventry-residents-consulted-over-greater-8090248 (11 November 2014)

2015-05-23 15:56:29 +0100

This is a link to the agenda and background papers for an emergency Coventry City Council Cabinet meeting on Thursday 28 May 2015 which will seek to give Councillor Lucas delegated powers to negotiate joining with Greater Birmingham.

http://moderngov.coventry.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=124&MId=10693&Ver=4

2015-05-21 08:59:11 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2015-05-20 22:42:03 +0100

500 signatures reached

2015-05-20 20:29:15 +0100

100 signatures reached

2015-05-20 19:54:54 +0100

50 signatures reached

2015-05-20 19:14:50 +0100

25 signatures reached

2015-05-20 17:37:45 +0100

10 signatures reached