I AM a regular reader of the letters page and I have noticed that whenever a councillor or a resident raises an issue regarding the council, there is a problem.
The problem is always raised by Coun Meeson, who informs us that the author of the letter is not aware of all the facts, or, has presented the issue incorrectly. Coun Meeson then provides us with his information as factual. I accept that Coun Meeson is the only person who has access to all the council information.
This letter is not based on fact; it is based on my understanding of the ‘Parkgate (saga) Development’.
The Council and Shirley Advance entered into a contract (May 12 2004) whereby Shirley Advance will develop a shopping centre on the west side of the A34 Stratford Road.
The contract became active when the council granted planning permission and obtained all the necessary compulsory purchase orders. (November 20 2008)
The contract also provides for improving and upgrading both the Stratford Road, and the Haslucks Green Road junction.
The council has fulfilled its part of the contract. Shirley Advance has decided that they will not proceed with the development as passed, and now require modifications to the planning application.
I believe that Shirley Advance and the council have a duty to the residents of Solihull, to fulfil the rest of the contract. This involves providing improvements and upgrading to both the Stratford Road, and the Haslucks Green Road junction.
I am now publicly asking Coun Meeson if I am correct in thinking that the council has fulfilled its part of the contract, and if that is the case when will Solihull be supplied with the improvements and upgrading both the Stratford Road, and the Haslucks Green Road junction?
I am one of the many Shirley residents facing gridlock.
R Little, Stanley Ave, Shirley.