This is a classic example of the folly of creating combined authorities. One towns needs are not necessarily the same as the large city that is in the same authority.
I live in a small town in the West Midlands combined authority and it is obvious who is favoured in any planning or spending, and its not us. Its time these authorities were broken up and let the local communities have a say instead of being dictated to by a group of people miles away who know nothing about your town let alone your area.
Considering it was an EU diktat to divide us into regions surely its time to reverse it.