Dudley has become the first Black Country council to appoint a cabinet member with specific responsibility for West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).
Councillor Angus Lees has taken up the role for the local authority with a remit to seek closer ties between the council and the regional super-body for the benefit of the borough.
Councillor Patrick Harley, leader of the council, said:
We’re pleased to be leading the way in the Black Country with this crucial appointment.
The Combined Authority has played an important role in supplying multi-million pound funding for projects including the Metro and the demolition of Cavendish House in the near future.
We want to work more closely with them to help drive further changes and improvements for our borough and its residents, and I’m sure Angus will do an excellent job in that regard.
Councillor Angus Lees, cabinet member for West Midlands Combined Authority, said:
I am delighted to be taking on this new role.
It is critical that we increase our ties with the Combined Authority for Dudley’s future benefit.
Councillor Lees is already a member of several WMCA committees. He sits on the WMCA Overview & Scrutiny Committee, the Transport Development Committee and currently chairs the Bus Franchising Task & Finish Group.