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Council under fire from mum-of-four

A MUM of four has accused Solihull Council of riding roughshod over Dickens Heath residents after they were given just five days notice before a temporary workers compound - complete with canteen, portaloo and offices - was to be erected on green space their children play on.

A MUM of four has accused Solihull Council of riding roughshod over Dickens Heath residents after they were given just five days notice before a temporary workers compound - complete with canteen, portaloo and offices - was to be erected on green space their children play on.

Catherine Sen-gupta from Hirdemons Way said she and her neighbours directly overlook an area of land that for several years has seen youngsters playing happily upon it.

In a shock letter from the council last Friday (November 14) the angry mother said residents were bluntly informed that refurbishing and resurfacing works to the nearby Rumbush Lane were to be carried out on Wednesday (November 19) and a compound was to be slapped on the open space.

"It is the closest, most open space that they own but they haven't considered local people at all. I do realise it's required but we were only told of this on Friday and the work was supposed to start on Wednesday. It's always been left open, the kids play there. All roads around the green and leading to the green are all dead end, single track, block paved roads so the area is not even serviced by a proper road. We have had no right to reply and they are ignoring all our pleas. The point is the safety of our children. They will either take out the bollards or we will have contractor's vehicles turning and reversing."

After a hurried campaign to gather opposition against the compound - including support from Councillors Len Cresswell, Charles Robinson and Caroline Spelman MP - a furious Catherine finally heard that contractors would not be turning up as planned.

But the victory is short lived as the work is still set to go ahead although Solihull Council and their contractors are looking at alternative sites.

Catherine added: "We will keep up the momentum, it is still an issue. We are not saying we don't want it, just not on this space. The council have been a bit under-hand and they're not supporting their electors.

Mike Swallow, strategic land advisor at Solihull Council said: "We understand some people are unhappy with the proposed site of the compound, and so we are reviewing the situation. We are meeting with the contractor tomorrow to see if we can find an alternative site, and will be writing to residents to let them know the outcome."

 

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