Commenting on the Devolution Deal signed today by the West Midlands leaders, Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council said: “The signing of this devolution deal with government is an historic milestone for Birmingham and the West Midlands. For more than three decades I have worked hard to build the economy and prosperity of our city. Over that period I have been involved in many key developments, such as the ICC, Brindley Place, Eastside, the new Bullring and the redevelopment of New Street Station. But this devolution deal caps them all.
“It will enable us to take forward £8bn of investment across the West Midlands, including the HS2 Growth Strategy that will ensure we gain the maximum economic benefit for Birmingham. This includes the exciting Curzon Masterplan regeneration around Digbeth. The deal agrees the expansion of our Enterprise Zone which will unlock hundreds of millions of pounds of extra investment. It also brings agreement to fund the metro extension to Curzon to Adderley Park, the first phase of the Metro link to the HS2 Interchange station at the airport.
“But this deal is about much more than funding specific schemes. It opens the door to control over our own investment priorities, our own skills strategy and our own public transport network.
“It is also a deal about transforming our public services to provide improved, locally controlled, joined up support to people through employment, mental health and youth justice services.
“Securing this deal has been an astonishing achievement. We have come a long way in a very short time and created a strong partnership of local authorities and business leaders.
“I am personally very proud and delighted that I am able to stand down from the leadership of Birmingham City Council with this deal in place, leaving an extremely positive legacy to those who will follow.
“The city is in a much better place than it was in the 1980s because of the investment made over the last two decades. The economic potential of the years ahead and the new powers that devolution will now give us will drive Birmingham to even greater prosperity.”