AS a parent of school children in the borough at one of the schools applying for academy status I am in agreement with the actions of the very competent leaders of the top performing schools in the borough who have made decisions to apply for academy status.
I attended the meeting on the implications of academy status and I listened to parents complain they had not been consulted about the decisions.
However, they chose to send their children to that school and they must abide with the management decisions taken, as you would have to in any organisation. The customers of these businesses are the children who come out from these schools with very high achievements.
The headteachers do not have to justify their decisions to the whole electorate, they have two very successful schools and are working alongside other less successful schools to raise local standards of education. Let them carry on doing a fantastic job.
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SMBC are asking for comments on a proposed NEC to Solihull Cycleway using Catherine de Barnes Lane, Hampton Lane and Marsh Lane.
There is little cycle traffic along Hampton Lane, and in this time of economic budgeting this is a waste of taxpayers’ money. Improvements for pedestrians should come first.
It would be better to continue the footpath down to the Catney Shops on the flats side of the road (Hampton Lane), and to spend money on physical measures to stop on pavement parking outside the shops.
Bickenhill Lane from Catherine de Barnes Lane to Hampton Lane is narrow, bendy and has no pavement. An on road cycle lane here would effectively be an impossibility!
Bickenhill Lane/Hampton Lane junction is very close to a hump back bridge with very limited visibility.
Use of the northern side of Hampton Lane mixes cyclists and pedestrians. Widening is mentioned that would surely mean loss of trees. Use of the southern side of Hampton Lane for cyclists, little used by pedestrians, would not cost any more to widen and would be safer for pedestrians.
Marsh Lane is narrow, has no pavement and has a bend at it’s junction with Solihull bypass. An on road cycle lane would further add to the hazard.
Richard Taylor via e-mail
OH dear, hang on there David, after all if Her Majesty is feeling the cold and needs help with the heating, perhaps you need to rethink any cuts to the old in their winter payments, even Charles is nearly ready to get his giro paid into the post office, so be very careful David or your peerage on leaving Number 10 could be frozen.
ST Vaughan, Glastonbury Road, Yardley Wood
Let’s go HS2
HS2 is probably the most important and useful transport infrastructure the nation must have.
It is necessary because it frees up capacity on existing transport infrastructure and enables minor improvements to continue on that infrastructure without creating massive disturbance.
Improving the current West Coast service sounds good on paper but to provide the capacity to meet future passenger levels would require increasing the length of the Pendolino trains, increased frequency and increasing their speed to 140mph.
Even so it is difficult to see how a 140mph train could average 136mph when the exits from the terminal stations are so restricted. Increasing running speeds for the Pendolinos would increase their energy consumption and CO2 production to that of HS2 trains.
If there are to be just two tracks then the land take is extravagant but may be justified if provision is eventually for four tracks to cater for growth of services.
My own experience of HS1 and the prevailing noise from transport in the area south of the M42 suggests noise from HS2 would probably be lower than that under the flight path to the airport, and from diesel freight and diesel passenger trains.
The national interest has been ill served by those whose myopic self interest has over four decades kept the UK in the transport dark ages.
Monastery Drive, Solihull
THE news that council tax rebanding has been shelved until after the next election is welcome news for Solihull MBC taxpayers. However, I am still at a loss as to why re-banding needs to take place at all.
Solihull MBC has increased the council tax such that since it began in 1993 council tax has more than doubled.
My property is worth more than it was in 1993 they want to put my property in a higher band so I pay yet more council tax. Now my property doesn’t have an income of its own, in fact as it gets older my maintenance costs go up. Just because my property is worth more it’s of no benefit to me, so why is re-banding necessary?