Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell hosted a public meeting in the Town Hall last week to bring together those with an interest in the future of Sutton Coldfield Town Centre to discuss how to drive forward investment in the Town.
The meeting gave the public the opportunity to share their views in order to ensure that the improvements made reflect what residents and visitors to the Town want to see locally. The meeting was addressed by a Panel of influential individuals who lead in planning, running, representing and investing in the Town.
Addressing the meeting was Mark Bourgeois, Managing Director of Capital and Regional PLC who own The Mall, Waheed Nazir, Chief Planning Officer for Birmingham, Andrew Burley, Chairman of Sutton Coldfield BID, Andy Jackson, General Manager of The Mall, Chief Superintendent Lorraine Bottomley, Chief of Sutton Coldfield Police and local Conservative Councillors Anne Underwood and Margaret Waddington.
More than eighty local residents attended and contributed to the lively question and answer session which covered issues such as the night-time economy in Sutton Coldfield, public transport and the road network and the role of the City Council in delivering the long-term improvement plan.
Commenting after the meeting Andrew Mitchell MP said, “I was really pleased that so many people attended the public meeting to set out their vision for the future of the Town. The message from both the Panel and those who attended the meeting was very clear – Sutton Coldfield has a lot to be positive about.”
“In a tough economic climate we are holding our own and Sutton is the second safest place to live and visit in the UK. It is important that we build on this momentum to improve our Town and ensure we deliver facilities that people living in Sutton Coldfield want to see.”
“We look to local businesses, investors, the Council and prospective developers to take forward a very positive vision for Sutton. As the second largest town in the Birmingham area our aim is to make Sutton Coldfield Town Centre the destination of choice for both leisure and civic services.”
As various initiatives are now driven forward, Andrew Mitchell said he would hold a further meeting in a year’s time to discuss what progress has been made and how to drive forward future investment in Sutton Coldfield.