MP welcomes first Mayor of Sutton Coldfield for 42 years
Royal Sutton Coldfield MP welcomes first Mayor of Sutton Coldfield for 42 years and pledges support for greater powers for our new Council.
Speaking at the inaugural Mayor making in Royal Sutton's Town Hall where Town Councillor Charlotte Hodivalla was installed as Sutton Coldfield’s first Mayor for more than 42 years, Andrew Mitchell has pledged to do everything possible to ensure that the Town Council becomes the main organ of local government taking over service delivery from Birmingham wherever practical .
He said “the localism agenda of the Coalition Government has made possible our new Town Council, but this must herald a new era of devolution with much further to go. I have always believed that governmeny should be as close as possible to the people it serves.”
After congratulating Charlotte Hodivala and wishing her and her husband Cyrus well for their Mayoral Year, Andrew Mitchell said “While many of those of us who are elected to serve Sutton Coldfield are representatives from a political party, with our beliefs, principles, and values which guide us , I hope this new Town Council will find Party politics very much a secondary issue as they strive to serve the local interests of everyone in Suttton.”
Andrew Mitchell urged the new Council to champion value for money and transparency in everything it does and not to duplicate Birmingham council expenditure which could mean Suttonians paying twice for the same service. He also urged the new Councillors to think carefully before shelling out hard pressed funds to the many brilliant voluntary organisations which populate Sutton Coldfield. “Often it is the more obscure of these which is reticent about fund raising that we should be trying to help” he said.
Andrew Mithell also expressed strong support for the plan to save Sutton Town Hall for future generations being put together by Richard Mason and SCART.
Finally Andrew announced that he had heard shortly before the meeting that the Government has ordered Birmingham City Council to stop all further work on the Birmingham Development Plan 2031 over Labour Birmingham’s plans to build 6000 homes on Sutton’s green belt pending an examination by the Secretary of State for Local Government and the Regions and his Department .
Andrew Mitchell said that this was “excellent news” but it was not the end of the war. “It is not D-Day but it is perhaps the Battle of El Alamein. I pay tribute to Sutton’s Conservative Councillors and the many members of our community groups , especially Project Fields who have worked so hard to promote and support our campaign against these appalling proposals.”