Report on the Committee Meeting held on 7th January 2020

Sutton Coldfield Green Group – report

Matters arising: David Ratcliff will provide manifesto copies on his return from Denmark.

1. As originally announced on 13th December last year, the winner of the Sutton Coldfield Green Group Annual Limerick Competition was supporter, Kate Ashcroft, whose versification follows:

There was an old man of Mere Green
Who was rarely fit to be seen.
He joined the Green Party,

They found him too farty
The effect on the ozone’s extreme.

The Prize of a half-dozen Jerusalem artichoke tubers has been awarded to her & planted.


2. Election: Copies of the statistics gathered at the Count covering the polling stations of significance in the constituency were circulated.

It was concluded that the campaigning effort & costs had proved worthwhile.
The Green percentage of the total votes cast had risen by 2.1%
The total number of votes cast for the Green Party in SC had risen by 110% since the 2017 general election.  The above statistics seem paradoxical but are accurate and reconcilable.

Ben Auton is to collate public queries received pre- 12 Dec 2019 election with replies sent by him; that these should be circulated by him to previous enquirers & asking whether they wish to receive our “public” newsletter.

3 It was agreed that activists need to be aware of issues apt for the website and Facebook & forward them.
The members’ Newsletter is to be provided with an index, recipe section and human interest stories to ready it for the third decade of century thirteen.

4 Sutton Coldfield issues: SCTC notes had been pre-circulated to activists by David. The next SCTC meeting is to be attended by Ben with the intention of raising the sub-campaign of the closure in Peddimore of Wishaw Lane at rush hours – infringement of freedom of the locals. Also, Industrial night-time, security light pollution; continuous night-time, refrigerated lorry engine noise. Lighting preventing moth breeding. – Why have the five Cllrs of the ward not been fighting these issues?
[Subsequent to our meeting: It was not possible to raise the above matter before the council but Ben questioned the reasons for the committee concerned with
the enviro policy public consultation having failed to sit for two months.  Cllr Horrocks was not present to give any dates for the consultation.]

Continued group participation in public debate was highlighted through the press and social media.
[Subsequenlyt  noted that  – Peter continues to monitor and make input to ‘Next Door’ online and his latest letter on the need for the government to implement improvements to local and UK services was printed in the Sutton Coldfield ‘Observer’.]

5 Litter Pick 1-30 pm Sat’ 18 Jan: For details contact Ben:  <[email protected]>
Current high-profile members of Birmingham Green Party working in the immediate area will join up with Sutton members. [
Subsequently arranged to meet 12-45 at ‘Tyburn House’, a bit further down at the junction of Chester Road and Kingsbury Road for an initial confab’ requested at the 7th Jan meeting.]

AOB: EcoSutton is preparing “An Idiot’s Guide to Air Pollution”.

Notification: W.Mids Mayor Andy Street will be present for one hour, daytime, at SC U3A on 27 Feb’ 2020.

NEXT MEETING: Wednesday 12th February 2020 at 7-30 pm @ Hill Allotments Club off Dugdale Crescent, Sutton Coldfield.

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