Sutton Coldfield has been home to my family and I since 1999 where we moved up from the south of Birmingham. Sutton Coldfield is a beautiful town with a strong sense of community spirit. This can be clearly be seen by its strong local resident associations and groups, church groups and over subscribed schools, where people come together to support and improve the area.
Elected to Sutton New Hall Ward in 2015, I was re-elected to the new single-member ward ofSutton Wylde Green ward for a new four year term in 2018. Sutton Wylde Green ward contains within it two secondary schools, Sutton Grammar School for Girls and Bishop Walsh Catholic School as well as a number of primary schools. The south of the ward has a vibrant shopping parade of shops containing man independent shops. Together with Town Councillors we have done a number of campaigns to invest and improve the region and proactively preempt the decline of high streets we have seen across the region.
The ward also benefits from the Walmley Golf Course which is at the heart of the ward and borders the New Hall Valley, an extensive area of open fields making for very good walking.
My responsibilities for the ward range from planning applications, school admissions, assisting residents with their complaints to council where ever possible and bringing together groups and partnerships or leading campaigns for the betterment of the ward.
2016 I was delighted to see the approval of speed calming measures along the Wylde Green Road in front of Bishop Walsh School. I have also undertaken a number of ward-wide campaigns for whole-road resurfacing, supporting businesses in Wylde Green, led objections to contentious planning applications and regularly helped with ward beautification projects led by the Wylde Gren Neighbourhoods Forum.
In 2018 I led a Birmingham-city wide effort for Council Tax refunds for residents following 3 months of waste strikes across the whole city. Despite gathering over 22,000 signatories the proposal was lost on the casting vote of the Labour scrutiny chair denying the justice I felt was owed to residents across the city.
Wylde Green Neighbourhood Forum:
The WGNF is a residents association of Wylde Green Residents with the committee comprising of hard working committed volunteers who give up their time to benefit their local community. We support local businesses in Wylde Green, undertake local campaigns in the public interest, regular local meetings to discuss local issues and organise regular litter picks to keep the area tidy.