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BIRMINGHAM LOBBIES FOR LONGBRIDGE

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Birmingham City Council is lobbying for a£0.5bn regeneration package to help the Longbridge area recover from BMW'...
Birmingham City Council is lobbying for a£0.5bn regeneration package to help the Longbridge area recover from BMW's disposal of Rover.

The council has put its case for the regeneration 'shopping list' to the task force set up to tackle the problems of the sell-off.

Birmingham leader Albert Bore said: 'Businesses affected by the BMW decisions need support, as do individual members of the workforce and those in the numerous supply chain companies. They are facing a very uncertain period.'

Birmingham hopes to lead on regeneration in the Longbridge area in partnership with other councils and the local community. The council has already agreed with Bromsgrove DC and Worcestershire CC that they will oppose the break-up of the Longbridge site or its use for anything but large-scale manufacturing.

The task force, headed by Advantage West Midlands chair Alex Stephenson, will put its

plans for regenerating the area to trade and industry secretary Stephen Byers in the next few months.

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