We would like to raise our concerns over your comments and behaviour at the meeting of the Town
Council on Tuesday 22nd September.
You repeatedly claimed that the minutes of a previous meeting were inaccurate - that was not the
case. Minutes are defined as ‘the written record of what was said at a meeting’. To claim inaccuracy
is to undermine the hardworking officers of the Town Council whose job it is to take the minutes and
publish a summary record of what was said. The recording of the meeting in question is clear that
the minutes were entirely accurate. We would therefore ask that you publicly withdraw these comments and the inference regarding our officer team.
On numerous occasions you accused the Leader of the Council of dishonesty. As an aside this was
not the case and there are multiple examples of public record confirming the decision of the Police
and Crime Commissioner to close the police station in our Town.
More important your choice of language and persistent personal attacks were totally inappropriate.
You were given at least three chances to withdraw your comments and you chose to ‘double down’.
Is this the behaviour we should expect from any councillor let alone one with your seniority and
breadth of experience?
We hope that you have realised the seriousness of your comments and look forward to you issuing
an apology to both the officers and to the Leader of the Council. Not to do so is to undermine your
personal credibility and that of our Council. Our residents across the Royal Town have the right to
expect better of their elected representatives.
Cllr Simon Ward
Leader of Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council
Cllr David Allan
Cllr Leeford Allan
Cllr Tony Briggs
Cllr Jan Cairns
Cllr John Cooper
Cllr Jackie Cummins
Cllr Joanne Ellis
Cllr Derrick Griffin
Cllr Samuel Hodgins
Cllr Clare Horrocks
Cllr Alison Jolley
Cllr Ewan Mackey
Cllr Harry Parmar
Cllr Louise Passey
Cllr David Pears
Cllr Nitish Raut
Cllr Samuel Simper
Cllr Keith Ward
Cllr Terry Wood