Sutton Coldfield (or more correctly, The Royal Town) town / civil parish in North Eastern Birmingham, in the West Midlands. The town is approximately 7 miles (10km) northeast of Birmingham City Centre. It is bordered by Little Aston, North Warwickshire, Lichfield, Erdington and South Staffordshire. By 2011 the Census put the population at 95,107, which was an increase of 6.7% since the 2001 Census.
Historically in Warwickshire in 1974, Sutton Coldfield became part of Birmingham and the West Midlands metropolitan County. For the first time in its more recent history, in 2015 the town elected a Parish/Town Council.
On 1 March 2015, a new Sutton Coldfield Parish council was formally incorporated giving the town more powers from Birmingham City Council.
Sutton Coldfield is an affluent town ranked as the fourth least deprived area in the Country. Many of the region’s wealthiest residents live on the Four Oaks Park Estate and the Little Aston private estate which borders the area.
Areas of Sutton Coldfield include: Boldmere, Falcon Lodge, Four Oaks, Little Aston, Maney, Mere Green, Roughley, Minworth, Walmley and Wylde Green.
The town centre is mostly pedestrianised and the Gracechurch Centre has undergone many improvements.
Sutton Coldfield shares borders with New Oscott, Streetly, Erdington and as far as North Warwickshire, Tamworth and Lichfield in Staffordshire. Locally, Sutton Coldfield is regarded as one of the most prestigious locations in the Birmingham area and even in Central England. A report by the website Mouseprice.com in 2007 found that two streets in Sutton Coldfield were amongst the 20 most expensive in the United Kingdom.
Plants Brook rises in Streetly and flows through Sutton Park. It continues directly beneath the town centre. It reaches Erdington briefly at Pype Hayes Park a flows back to Sutton at the Plantsbrook Nature Reserve on the Erdington / Walmley border at Eachelhurst Road.
In 1974 the Gracechurch Centre was built and is the main shopping Mall in Sutton Coldfield. It includes a multi-storey car park and has benefited from investment in recent years. There are ongoing plans to construct a food court in the shopping centre. There are several further car parks and a selection of good restaurants, pubs and coffee shops.
There are several local shopping parades serving the suburbs of Sutton, including The Lanes in Wylde Green, Walmley and at Boldmere Road.
There are two Rugby Union clubs based in the area. Sutton Coldfield, whose ground is situated off the Walmley Road was started in 1924 plus Spartans RFC (founded 1960) which is located at Coppice Lane.
As regards football Sutton Coldfield Town F.C., founded in 1879 represents the area along with Romulus F.C. Both clubs share their ground at Coles Lane.
Golf is a major sport in the town and Sutton Coldfield is home to numerous golf clubs and courses. Not only is it close to and convenient for The Belfry hotel and renowned golf club, whose Brabazon course has hosted the Ryder Cup on several occasions, it is also home to Walmey Golf Club and Pype Hayes Golf Course. There are also Sutton Coldfield Golf Club, Moor Hall Golf Club, Aston Wood Golf Club, Little Aston and Boldmere Golf Club.
The Wyndley Leisure Centre, close to the edge of Sutton Park offers excellent sporting facilities, including swimming pool and 400m athletics track.
A jewel in the crown of Sutton Coldfield is Sutton Park, one of the largest urban parks in Europe. It covers an area of 2,224.2 acres and is used as part of the course for the Great Midlands Fun Run. Many sports and walking clubs use the park to meet and exercise. It is a national nature reserve and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It is also home to a donkey sanctuary as well as several well regarded restaurants.