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Last Updated: Thursday, 9 March 2006, 11:23 GMT
Telford part of city region plans
Telford is the eighth area to be included in a proposed Metropolitan City Region for the West Midlands.

Council leaders in Telford & Wrekin are celebrating after the current West Midlands Metropolitan Council leaders agreed to include the borough.

Plans are being sent to David Miliband, the Minister for Communities and Local Government, to create a city region.

Birmingham, Solihull, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Dudley, Sandwell and Coventry are the other areas included.

'Benefit whole region'

A Telford & Wrekin Council spokeswoman said the city region is seen as a focus for job creation, growth, development in retail and housing and investment in transport infrastructure.

Telford's case to be included was that it is an economically strong area of population growth.

Keith Austin, leader of the council said: "I am very excited that Telford has been recognised for its contribution to the region and the partnership approach that has been developed to benefit the whole region and the major urban centres.

"I am very impressed by the way the seven metropolitan leaders want to work in partnership with each other and with Telford & Wrekin for the benefit of the whole region, not just the metropolitan areas."

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