Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council has given the go ahead for improvement works to the land surrounding Walmley War Memorial. This important site was transferred to the Town Council from Birmingham City Council in March this year and following an open tender process for the works, a contractor has now been appointed to carry out the significant project to enhance and protect this public square with the War Memorial at its heart.
Leader of Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council, Councillor Simon Ward, said:
“Walmley War Memorial is a really significant historical site here in our Royal Town. The enhancements at this site marks the start of the Town Council delivering its ambition to improve and preserve heritage sites such as this for the benefit of the residents of Sutton Coldfield and visitors alike and in so doing safeguard them for generations to come. ”
Cllr Derrick Griffin, Walmley and Minworth Ward, said:
“As a Walmley resident, Town Councillor, Secretary and Treasurer of the Birmingham Branch of the Royal Military Police Association and having served in the Royal Military Police, I am really pleased that this project is finally underway. It will be great to see the Town Council-funded improvements to this important site. The War Memorial is a focal point at the heart of the community in Walmley, and now local people will be able to pay their respects to those who gave their lives for our country in a better, more fitting setting."
The project will include groundworks, new lighting and the installation of new street furniture. Some preparatory work is already taking place but the main works on site will start on Monday 2nd August and are expected to be completed well in time for Remembrance Sunday 2021.