Andrew Mitchell MP pays tribute to Sutton Coldfield Municipal Charities valuable work in Sutton

Andrew Mitchell MP has attended the Sutton Coldfield Municipal Charities Chairman’s Reception held at the Charity’s Head Office in Sutton and hosted by Chairman Freddie Gick.  Sutton’s MP met with the Chairman and trustees as well as the Clerk to the Trustees Ernie Murray and others who work with the charity to help local people. Sutton Coldfield Municipal Charities was formally established in 1886 when Sutton Coldfield became a Borough. Its history can be traced back to 1528, when Bishop Vesey established a Corporation to govern the Town. This had responsibility for looking after needy people. Over the centuries, the Charity accumulated land and used rental income to help the poor and sick and provide education. Relying upon income from investments, the Charity now maintains 46 Almshouses for elderly local people, and makes grants of around £1 million annually to people and organisations within the boundaries of the former Borough of Sutton Coldfield. Speaking after the Chairman’s Reception Andrew Mitchell MP said, “It was a pleasure to meet so many dedicated people and to have a chance to say “thank you” for all their magnificent work supporting individuals and organisations throughout Sutton Coldfield.“Sutton has benefited hugely from the relationships that Chairman Freddie Gick, Clerk Ernie Murray and the Charity’s trustees and staff have worked hard to create.” 

Andrew Mitchell MP raises planning application queries

Andrew Mitchell MP has intervened in a local planning application on behalf of his constituents. 231 objections have been raised against the proposal to erect 5 houses at the rear of 16 Bennett Road in Four Oaks. Andrew Mitchell MP said, “I have intervened in this planning application because it is of more than local significance. “The issue of ‘garden grabbing’ has caused enormous concern and anxiety in Sutton Coldfield ever since the unwise decisions of John Prescott over a decade ago saw people’s gardens and backlands defined as appropriate for development proposals. “Bennett Road has wider significance in light of the Coalition Government’s new planning legislation and I continue to vigorously pursue this case which so many constituents have raised with me. “I have had detailed discussions with both Birmingham City Council’s Chief Executive and Planning Department about the issues relating to Bennett Road and I have now raised the matter directly with the Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government, the Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP. “Councillors in Sutton Coldfield have also been extremely concerned about this application.”

Andrew Mitchell MP meets local climate change activists

Local climate change activists Jennie Bull, Amy Turner and Paul Hanna have met with Andrew Mitchell MP at his office in Sutton Coldfield to discuss what they are doing to try to combat climate change and to seek his assurance that the Government is making progress on the issue.

Sutton Coldfield launches new website

Thank you for your support at the last election. Because of you, David Cameron is the first Conservative Prime Minister in 13 years and the Government’s plans to build a strong economy and a big society are in full swing. Now, to help us communicate with you, we've launched this new local website.