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Despicable act

To the person(s) who burgled our home.

To the person(s) who burgled our home.

You would have noticed when you broke into our house, that we had just got married five days before.

The money you took from our house were gifts from our wedding guests to spend on our honeymoon. The honeymoon was a gift as we couldn’t afford one ourselves and therefore asked for money to spend on it instead of wedding gifts. You didn’t take anything else. We don’t really have anything else of value, as you could clearly see, so you must have thought you’d hit the jackpot.

We were so happy after the wedding and so overwhelmed with the generosity shown by our friends and family that we thought nothing could dampen our mood. Until we arrived home Friday afternoon that is. You were cheeky enough to do it in broad daylight too.

I hope one day when you grow up, develop a conscience and maybe think about getting a proper job that you’ll cry like we’re doing now. But we’re crying over something that can be replaced and soon our tears will stop and we’ll carry on as normal, but you’ll be crying over something that will never go away or be replaced by any other feeling, the feeling of regret.

Regret that you did something so low and despicable that you can never forgive yourself. Regret that the money you stole wasn’t even pounds and was clearly meant to be spent in America.

Finally, just to let you know, our wedding day was still the best day of our lives and we’re going to have the best honeymoon ever, no matter how much spending money we have or don’t have.

Have a happy life – we will.

The newly Mr & Mrs Turnbull, Solihull


Safer Solihull

The recent looting and violence shocked and horrified us all. Unlike other areas across the West Midlands Solihull was lucky enough not to experience any of the trouble.

Thanks to the dedication of Chief Superintendent Sally Bourner, her police officers and police support teams we had a large presence of officers on duty throughout the borough. I spoke with many of our local businesses and shoppers and they felt very reassured by the presence of the police.

This is a pretty safe borough and I and my colleagues on the Council work hard to maintain this. However, we could not do it without the support of dedicated and loving parents, teachers and faith leaders who are so important in the guidance of our young people.

Every day during Commander Bourner, Mark Rogers, (Solihull Council’s chief executive) and representatives from the community met to be kept up to date on the situation.

Well done to everyone but particularly to Commander Bourner and her police officers who worked tirelessly on our behalf.

Councillor Mrs Diana Holl-Allen, Cabinet member for Safer Communities


A no brainer

MY parents have lived in Dorridge for well over 40 years. I’m 37 and visit them frequently and have been highly amused by the facile objections to the development of Forest Court.

If people were to step out of their Utopian dream bubble and look realistically at the proposed development they must be mad to object to it.

I don’t see nor hear of a queue of others waiting to seize the opportunity. The limp objections on the grounds of extra traffic is quite frankly silly.

Drive through Dorridge during school run times or on Friday evenings. It won’t be affected.

Focussing on perceived negatives as opposed to the whole raft of positives is somewhat backward.

Jonathan Harris, via


A class issue

‘SUSTAINABILITY’ is a broad term that covers all the things we care about – the economic and social benefits to our community, as well as the environmental impacts like traffic, noise, congestion, the safety of pedestrians, the loss of peace and quiet on Sundays.

These are the kind of things that risk degrading our environment, reduce the amenity of our villages and make the places we live less pleasant.

Let’s be clear. The Government, in its planning guidance for local authorities sets minimum standards of sustainability for developers. On a scale of A-G, that’s G-Class, not exactly a desirable, for a plan that we might have to live with for 20-30 years.

There is no A-G scale for sustainable retail services, just the G-class requirements of the planning guidance. But that should not stop us asking Sainsburys and Waitrose to tell us how they would assess their own proposals. Are they truly A-class – incorporating the best thinking in sustainable, low-impact retailing? – or are they somewhere nearer to G-class, merely complying with the minimum standards?

So this is my challenge to them - tell us publicly what label you think you deserve: Are you A-Class Sustainable Retailers, or are you G-Class?

Chris Baker, Avenue Road, Dorridge


Quality first

It seems to me that two key factors are being obscured by all the detail of different proposals in Knowle and Dorridge.

1 Dorridge needs redevelopment of Forest Court whilst Knowle has no need for further supermarket provision.

2 There is ‘capacity’ for only one of these proposals to go ahead, not both.

Since a development of some kind must proceed at Forest Court it would be inappropriate for any decision to be made regarding Knowle before a Dorridge development has been constructed and allowed at least a 12 month period for local adjustment of shopping habits and evaluation of its impact.

All that said, I am a supporter of DROVS and despite living in Knowle consider Knowle, Dorridge and Bentley Heath to all be local and one community.

I think most would have preferred Waitrose to have the opportunity to develop Forest Court since their proposals have consistently shown themselves to be superior and they have taken on board the need for appropriate scale. Since this seems unlikely we must demand of Sainsbury’s a huge improvement in the quality of their proposal.

A Gill, Station Road, Knowle


Have a heart

People never cease to amaze me! Monday, August 15 my mother and I were shopping in Solihull, we were browsing around in BHS when I noticed a lady in a motor scooter, on her lap was a beautiful little apricot poodle.

I fussed the dog and my mom and I were amazed when the lady told us she had been asked to leave M&S the Saturday before because her little dog was not sporting a vest which stated that she was the pet of a disabled person.

Is this really what we have become to as a society, complaining about a little dog on the lap of a woman who was obviously disabled, the dog was no bigger than a football?

If you were the person who complained then I pity you.

To the lady who was so distressed I do hope you filed your letter of complaint to M&S.

Can we not find any compassion for each other in these terrible times.

M Smith, via e-mail



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