Hammer blow news that Warwickshire county Councillors have rejected moves to join the proposed West Midlands Combined Authority has today been branded a nail in the coffin for the anti-democratic scheme.
West Midlands MEPs James Carver and Bill Etheridge say the decision by Warwickshire Country Council is a major setback for the architects of the plans to create a “super authority”.
Bosses at the County Council expressed fears that joining the West Midlands Combined Authority would reduce accountability and power of decision-making.
UKIP MEPs James Carver and Bill Etheridge today welcomed the decision and urged people to take part in the consultation into the Combined Authority scheme which runs September.
Mr Carver said: “The whole thing is a complete debacle and the architects of this scheme must now see that the whole venture is on rocky foundations.
“The proposed Combined Authority would be a retrograde step for local democracy which is already too far removed from local people thanks to the Cabinet-style system of decision making in local councils.”
Mr Etheridge, said: “I very much welcome Warwickshire’s strong stand on this. Their decision is a victory for local democracy and the taxpayers’ they represent.
“When are advocates of this anti-democratic power grab, such as Cllr Darren Cooper going to realise that their vanity project is deeply unpopular with local people who want to preserve the unique identities of their communities?
“It is a Labour-stitch up that is being aided and abetted by the Tories. It is high time that they listened to local people who are deeply concerned by this regionalisation push.”