A FURIOUS Councillor Ted Richards has slammed claims that thanks to the efforts of a political candidate for the Liberal Democrats, residents can once again use Birmingham’s Tameside recycling centre.
Coun Richards, who until April held the portfolio for transport on Solihull Council, had negotiated with his opposite number Coun Len Gregory, now the Lord Mayor of the second city, access to Tameside for residents of B36, Castle Bromwich.
“This was successfully negotiated last April and all the residents of Castle Bromwich were informed that they could use the facility so it’s misleading to go around saying that this was not the case when it has already been arranged,” said Coun Richards (Cons, Castle Brom).
His outburst follows a story in last week’s Solihull News describing the presentation of a petition from residents of Chelmsley Wood and Castle Bromwich by Elizabeth Adams of the Lib Dems to Birmingham City Council calling for access to Tameside as it was nearer than the Solihull tip at Bickenhill.
“She is playing politics and it is unfair – access to Tameside had already been agreed for residents of Castle Bromwich while it could be argued that for Chelmsley Wood residents, Bickenhill is in fact the nearer facility.”