How we use Cookies

New-look council 'will discriminate against Sutton Coldfield'

Royal town's Tories say the proposed shake-up of Birmingham City Council's ward boundaries will punish it because of there being fewer councillors

Major changes at Birmingham City Council are causing consternation across the city

Sutton Coldfield will be discriminated against if plans to redraw the political map of Birmingham go through.

That's the claim of the royal town's Conservative councillors who say that Sutton Coldfield should have 11 councillors, not ten as proposed by the Local Government Boundary Commission.

It is the latest in a series of complaints over the draft plans to divide the city into 77 new, smaller wards.

Already residents in Moseley, Hall Green, Erdington, Acocks Green, the Jewellery Quarter and Longbridge have raised objections to the new boundaries which they say will divide communities, rename neighbourhoods or pay little respect to local identity.

A petition has been launched calling for a complete rethink.

But now Coun Ken Wood (Con Sutton New Hall) says the residents of Sutton Coldfield need to raise objections as they are being denied their fair share of councillors.

He said: "It is clear the Boundary Commission has snubbed Sutton Coldfield, has left it miserably under-represented and clearly shown favour to Birmingham's inner city areas.

"Whilst the royal town is averaging out at around 8,500 electors per councillor, Newtown has just over 5,000. So, yet again, Sutton Coldfield is losing out."

The population of Sutton Coldfield is also likely to increase over the next 15 years with the release of enough green belt land to provide 6,000 homes.

Sutton Coldfield has tended to be politically dominated by the Conservatives and so an extra councillor in the town would most likely benefit them.

Coun Wood believes the Boundary Commission has paid too much attention to lobbying from the Birmingham Labour Party.

The moves are all part of plans to revamp the political map in Birmingham - click through to read our FAQs about the proposed changes.



Graeme Brown
Editor (Agenda and Business)
Enda Mullen
Business Reporter
Tamlyn Jones
Business Reporter
Neil Elkes
Local Government Correspondent
Emma McKinney
Education Correspondent
Ben Hurst
News Editor
Jonathan Walker
Political Editor