We'd like to remind voters in Walmley and Minworth today to vote in the Town Council by-election, which was triggered by the resignation of a Conservative Councillor, who moved away from the area to the NorthEast only months after being elected to represent local residents.
The Liberal Democrat Candidate is David Cooke, who says:
"I have lived in the Sutton Coldfield area all my life and am now raising my own family here, with my children at local schools.
I have become concerned about school funding cuts and, if elected, would urge the town council to look into funding opportunities to help education in the area continue at its high standard.
As the owner of a local business and member of the Federation of Small Businesses, I fully support cooperation and innovation-sharing between local enterprises and am a great believer in using and supporting local businesses. I would like to see greater involvement with business and the town council and more support for the high street. It is more important than ever that we look at the causes of decline and put measures in place to protect these cornerstones of our community.
In the Liberal Democrats, we believe in an open and tolerant approach to community-led local government and decision-making. With many up-coming developments in the area, it is more important than ever for the town council to be involved in planning decisions that will affect our future.
I enjoy spending time in the town's many green areas, with my children and dogs, and would encourage the town council to become more involved in the care and upkeep of these precious areas and ensure their safety from development."