IT is a pity, particularly for the children and elderly of Hockley Heath that there have not been any Christmas lights through the village this year. I assume this is due to lack of money. The village has suffered a lack of retail and business investment for years and it shows.
Planning applications for redevelopment of business on the main road have all been rejected.
It is important to retain a certain amount of village life, but it is also necessary to allow changes for the regeneration and prosperity of village. I note the current debate regarding Sainsbury’s in Dorridge and its impact.
Is what we have in Hockley Heath worth preserving and that goes for Dorridge?
So choices - we can not have it all, but it is sad that no one could find the resources to brighten Christmas in the village. Further, what does this say about our society?
It seems to me the council has some responsibilty in this. For example I note the road islands in Hockley are used for commercial sponsorship. It is normal for business sponsorship to be targeted towards community projects. So maybe someone from the council could explain how much money is taken from these sponsors and why it can not be spent on the village lights to benefit and promote the companies and village.
Graeme Smith, Hockley Heath.