The petition to Birmingham City Council asking them to extend the agreement to allow the use of their Castle Bromwich waste site beyond B36 (Solihull News) could put at risk the present arrangement to the cost of people in the Castle Bromwich ward.
Councillors Ted Richards and Mike Robinson worked with their colleagues in Birmingham to get the deal allowing Solihull residents in Castle Bromwich access to the Birmingham controlled site,rather than them having to take bulky waste all the way to Bickenhill.
Everyone agreed the deal is a good one. Having spoken with Ted and Mike I know they will be doing all they can to make sure the arrangement which helps Castle Bromwich residents so much is not lost.
Gail Sleigh - Castle Bromwich Conservative Branch.
A team effort
As a fellow participant of the Jamaican cycle challenge in aid of Marie Curie Cancer care I would like to clarify a few incorrect points in your recent article (Solihull News). I, along with 38 others, ranging in age from 20 to late 50s, from all over the country, participated in this event. It was not just nine members of Hampton Health Club who raised £110,000, it was the hard work and fund raising efforts of the whole group.
‘Team Hampton’ did not present a cheque to anybody. All money raised by participants is paid to Marie Curie all through their fund raising, in my case since April, and is put to good use by Marie Curie immediately wherever they feel it is most needed – it is not necessarily going towards the new hospice in Solihull, although I would like to think that some of the money is.
Mary Berry, Knowle
Women lose out
The cuts announced by the Con-Dem Government will never be fair however many times Prime Minister claims otherwise (Solihull News). Women will be the main losers as jobs are cut, public services are rolled back and benefits are slashed.
Local government has been targeted for severe cuts. 75 per cent of local government workers are women; cumulative cuts of 28 per cent in Council budgets will have a disastrous impact on women as both employees and service users. Predicted redundancies will fall heavily on women workers.
The £18 bn a year cuts to the welfare budget will also see women bear the brunt.
It should be no surprise then that there are only four women ministers out 23 members of the Con-Dem Cabinet.
Jolyon Jones, branch secretary