MPs unite to back Dudley Borough city status bid

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Mike and neighbouring MPs, Suzanne Webb and Marco Longhi, fly the flag for Black Country Day
Mike and neighbouring MPs, Suzanne Webb and Marco Longhi, fly the flag for Black Country Day

Black Country MPs have thrown their weight behind plans to make Dudley borough a city.

Dudley is set to formally apply for the coveted City Status as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations next year.

MPs representing all towns across the borough have backed the proposals as key in maintaining the borough’s “upward trajectory” on a national scale with £1billion plans for regeneration, new transport links and higher education developments.

The senior political figures said it was “critical” the whole of the borough got behind the plans.

Mike Wood, MP for Dudley South, added: “City status will help Dudley Borough to compete better on an international level for the investment to transform opportunities locally. We’ve got a bright future with new infrastructure like the Midland Metro extension to Brierley Hill on its way and best in class education and training colleges like Resonance music academy and the Institute of Technology. City status will help us to make it even brighter.”

Halesowen and Rowley Regis MP, James Morris, added: “Halesowen town has so much to offer and the Business Improvement District in the area is helping us to grow. Being part of a city, we will be able to attract new investment and opportunities and that has to be welcomed. We already have a lot to shout about in terms of our history and now it is time to look to the future and do all we can to bring more investment and focus for the people who live, work and visit here.”

Stourbridge MP, Suzanne Webb, said: “City status for the borough would be a fitting endorsement of this wonderful place, its history and its vibrancy and, above all, the sense of community that prevails in the streets. There is so much here that lends itself to a city status from cultural and educational opportunities, to industry and innovation excellence. I hope everyone in Stourbridge and beyond gets behind this bid”

Marco Longhi, Dudley North MP, said: “Dudley is in the middle of a £1billion regeneration programme which is set to transform the town and wider borough. It includes the very light rail innovation at Castle Hill, the new higher education and skills investment into the town and the new leisure centre, to name a few. This is making a lot of noise nationally and it is essential we continue that upward trajectory levelling up across the region, and city status will only help bring further inward investment opportunities to Dudley.”

Dudley Council will formally be submitting the bid to government in December this year as part of the Royal celebrations next year.

People can share ideas and get behind the bid by emailing cityinthemaking@dudley.gov.uk         

For more information visit https://www.dudley.gov.uk/council-community/dudley-a-city-in-the-making

City status will help Dudley Borough to compete better on an international level for the investment to transform opportunities locally.

We’ve got a bright future with new infrastructure like the Midland Metro extension to Brierley Hill on its way and best in class education and training colleges like Resonance music academy and the Institute of Technology. City status will help us to make it even brighter.