It boosts local economies and creates jobs, while it also provides tangible evidence of improvement in regions.
The Government’s actions are also a sign of confidence in the combined authority model.
The choice facing voters on May 6 is simple: do we accelerate the progress of the last four years, or do we go back to the old failing approach?
Look at the environmental footprint of your council’s buildings. Are they energy efficient?
This is an ambitious project designed to appeal to the 30 per cent of people here who don’t cycle but say they would like to give it a go.
Whitehall must understand that if an algorithm offers up cherished green spaces to hungry developers, there will be a local backlash.
A proposed transformation would move away from the reliance on big anchor stores and create 1,300 new homes – all on reclaimed brownfield sites.
With the help of government funding, the region is pioneering new technologies to create vital jobs and build more homes.
We stand ready to act as a pilot area that would provide valuable insights for UK venues preparing for life after lockdown.
Here in the West Midlands we are seeing construction resuming, the housing market restarting and our all-important car industry reviving.
In Solihull, we are blessed with strong communities across the borough, from our more urban north to our rural south.