19th March 2019
Andrew Mitchell MP addresses the Sutton Coldfield University of the Third Age.

Andrew Mitchell delivered a Lecture to the Sutton Coldfield U3A (University of the Third Age) at the Sutton Coldfield Trinity Centre to an audience drawn from across the Royal Town.

SC U3A is a self-help organisation for people no longer in full time employment, providing educational, creative, and leisure opportunities in a friendly environment.

The group is a learning cooperative, run by volunteers, which draws upon the knowledge, experience and skills of our own members to organise and provide interest groups in accordance with the wishes of the membership. Formed in 1989, Sutton Coldfield U3A has around 1,500 members from all walks of life, living in the area of Sutton Coldfield and the surrounding suburbs.

Andrew spoke on the subject of “Royal Sutton Coldfield –Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow”.

Delivering the Lecture, Andrew outlined ambitious plans for the Royal Town, including a wide-ranging regeneration of the town centre to combat the pressures on the high street retail. A particularly vexing issue after the recent closures announced by Thorntons and M&S.

Another key plan was the revamp the Sutton Cottage Hospital which would see it redesignated as a multi-disciplinary care and support service for the elderly.

Andrew Mitchell also praised the excellent work of the Town Council throughout the Royal Town and indicated that there were big changes lined up for the next few years. Including taking over the management of the Royal Sutton Park from Birmingham City Council.

Following the lecture, Andrew said:

“I regard it as an important part of my role as the Royal Town’s Member of Parliament to regularly meet the town’s retired & semi-retired community and to listen to their concerns. It was an absolute pleasure to address the SC U3A and to

outline future plans for the Royal Town on many different fronts. No thriving community – even one as good as ours can ever stand still.”