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Should Sandwell & Birmingham merge?
An online petition is asking the Prime Minister to give Birmingham City Council control over the Sandwell borough. What do you think?
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The petition has been posted on the Downing Street website and argues that Sandwell would be better off under Birmingham control.
"The Metropolitian Borough of Sandwell should become part of the City of Birmingham, and the two local authorities should be merged.
"Sandwell's public services are poor and its schools under-perform. Sandwell's public spaces are unkept, its main roads littered and dirty and its leisure facilities under-funded. Public money is wasted on schemes such as 'The Public' and other redevelopment schemes are expensive and painfully slow.
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"Birmingham by contrast is a popular, well run, historical city which needs expansion to ensure it can compete on a global scale. If Sandwell is removed from the national map, the six towns which make up the borough can retrieve their strong local identities and be part of a larger, more forward thinking city."
Jim Gull, from Bearwood, has already signed the petition and says:
"I've been dissatisfied with Sandwell Council for a long time. I really don't believe that they're working in our interests. If we are united in Birmingham, there's strength in numbers.
"I believe that Birmingham would go out of their way to do work in our area that needs doing. I like Bearwood, I like the area. It doesn't matter whether it comes under Sandwell or comes under Birmingham.
"What matters to me is: are the streets clean? Are the drains cleaned out? Is it looking dilapidated? Are there facilities in the parks for the youngsters? It doesn't matter to me who I pay my rates to."
To find out more about the petition, click the link below:
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last updated: 09/04/2009 at 14:05
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