Andrew Mitchell has pressed the Government in the House of Commons to give financial support to the physical redevelopment of Royal Sutton Coldfield’s town centre.
His intervention came as the Government announced the terms of reference of the Stronger Towns Fund.
Andrew Mitchell made the following intervention during the Debate in Parliament:-
“This is an excellent announcement, and I particularly welcome what the Secretary of State has said about money for the Midlands Engine.
“He said that any town may apply, and given the very serious structural change going on in the town centre of the royal town of Sutton Coldfield, resulting from the decline in retail and the need for a reconfiguration in what we do, will he confirm that the royal town of Sutton Coldfield will be able to apply?
“He mentioned that there will be challenge funding and competition for the funds, which is very welcome, and he also said that the most local element should be favoured as it is the one closest to those it represents, so will he confirm that, with the largest town council in the country, the Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council will be able to apply for this challenge funding?”
The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, in response, said that he Government was considering how applications would be processed and noted the interest from the Royal Town.