The result of the ballot on whether or not to set up a Town Council for Sutton Coldfield has been declared and it's a resounding "Yes". On a good turnout for a local government election, at just under 40%, the vote was 29,851 for the proposal and 8,980 against. This works out at about 70%-30% and there can be no doubt in the minds of Birmingham City councillors that they should approve the decision at their September legal meeting and then move quickly to set up the new body to serve the interests of the residents of the Royal Town. For anyone to vote against it against the background of this ballot would surely now be unthinkable.
The Liberal Democrats have consistently supported the idea for a Town Council in Sutton and included a promise to set one up subject to a "Yes" vote in their last two city council manifestoes. Leader of the Lib Dem group on Birmingham Council, Councilor Paul Tilsley, said: "The ballot showed conclusively that the residents want devolved local democracy……I welcome the vote and look forward to further ballots within the City."
Sutton Coldfield Liberal Democrats wish to thank all the people who worked so hard to bring about this result, especially Ken Rushton and the Referendum Group and all those from across the various political parties who chose to work together on this issue for the good of the Royal Town.