Andrew Mitchell MP has met with the Chairman of Greater Birmingham’s Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP), Tim Pile, and gave a guided tour around the Royal Town centre in a boost for the plans to regenerate Sutton’s Town Centre. Councillor Ewan Mackey as well as Angela Henderson (head of the Gracechurch Shopping Centre) and Mike Bushell (head of the Sutton Coldfield Town Centre Business Improvement District) were also present.
The vexed issue of Brassington Avenue was also discussed which has been earmarked for development for over 15 years with a string of proposals put forward. Andrew explained that he hoped that the GBSLEP would look into this area and work with the Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council to bring it back into far more productive use.
The meeting comes after the retail guru Bill Grimsey, former head of Wickes, Iceland and Focus DIY, also visited Sutton Coldfield to give top tips for a town centre boost.
Following the meeting, Andrew said:
“It was a pleasure to welcome Tim Pile, Chair of our Local Enterprise Partnership, to the Royal Town. His advice on regenerating Sutton Coldfield’s Town Centre will be crucial given his significant business experience and local influence.
“As per Tim’s suggestion, I will also be seeking a meeting with Professor Simon Collinson – the Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Regional Economic Engagement at the University of Birmingham - where I hope to enlist his expertise in drawing up some concrete plans for a twenty year vision for our Royal Town Centre. This can then be widely discussed locally.”