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I WISH to respond to the letters on Solihull’s kerbside waste and recycling service.

I WISH to respond to the letters on Solihull’s kerbside waste and recycling service. I stand accused by some of being ‘patronising’ and one Tory councillor alleges I have ignored residents who have purple sacks for their general waste rather than a black wheelie bin.

These claims could not be further from the truth. The reality is I have inherited a set of policies from the previous Conservative-run Council, which they are now keen to deny any responsibility for.

On purple sacks, the Tory policy was to deny residents on this system the same capacity as those with wheelie bins. I have acted quickly to rectify this so that residents on purple sacks will get enough to match the capacity of wheelie bins.

I am also set to make genuine recycling provision a reality for residents who live in flats, who have been left out to a large extent on recycling collections. In addition, I am looking at the fairness of the policy on replacement bins and boxes, but it is important to recognise that between March 2009 and May 2010, the Council replaced 19,300 and only charged for 187.

I would like to thank the people of Solihull for their efforts to recycle. Our end of year recycling figure for 2009/10 has been verified at 40.64 per cent - a record for Solihull.

Councillor Tim Hodgson

Liberal Democrat Cabinet Member for the Environment


No defence

HOW typical of Tim Hodgson to try and blame the former Conservative administration for his failure to make sure that changes to the waste service were properly implemented (Solihull News). Leaving residents with uncollected rubbish because they had not been issued with appropriate containers was unacceptable and not what the public has a right to expect.

More than two months after deciding to throw in his lot with Labour, he finds it impossible to speak on any subject without a sour attack on the very Conservatives that his own party works with nationally.

Even when abandoning his former opposition to building on Solihull’s countryside and backing Labour’s insistence on former housing targets (increased to over 11,500) he managed to accuse Conservatives of ‘whingeing’ for criticising plans to build on Green Belt and insisting that communities be asked to identify local needs. Fortunately our robust challenge at last week’s council meeting forced the Lab/Lib Group to concede that the whole issue of housing numbers must go back to the drawing board.

Ken Meeson – Leader of Conservative Group


Set an example

THE Government are quick to tell us that we must economise - but I ask - will they do so personally?

Will Ministers refrain from unnecessary foreign visits and using government limousines?

Will those in the House of Lords cut their expenses?

Will the Millionaire Front Bench in some way help the country by not claiming all their salaries and expenses (the increase they have denied themselves is chicken feed to them!)

As for Bankers will they try to recompense industry for the damage they have done?

Josie Herbert

Solihull Pensioner


What a legacy

RECENT correspondence has drawn attention to the impact that unwanted noise has on our lives.

Anyone whose peace has been shattered by scrap vans for hours on end deserves our sympathy, but at least they eventually go somewhere else.

If the proponents of the planned HS2 railway have their way, there will be no such relief for people in a broad swathe of countryside from Burton Green, past Balsall Common, Berkswell, Bradnocks Marsh, Hampton-in-Arden, Bickenhill and Chelmsley Wood.

From 5am until midnight, the fastest and noisiest trains in Europe will thunder past, at times every two minutes.

Most people still fail to appreciate the horrendous scale of what’s being planned. Well beyond the 75 metre wide zone that’s to be stripped of vegetation, wildlife will be disrupted and driven away by the noise.

Doubtless many supporters of the scheme have good reasons for doing so, but it’s hard to see any benefit for the vast majority of us.

What a legacy to hand to future generations. They’ll never know the rural setting we (unfortunately) took for granted, and they’ll have to pick up the bill for its destruction.

Richard Lloyd via e-mail


Bus pass

PAUL Gilbert’s comment (Lettters) that being of bus pass age ‘does not diminish intellect’ assumes that intellect was previously present.

Being well over bus pass age, I would like to think that commonsense borne of years of experience, is more appropriate.

However, Paul, who one assumes is well below bus pass age, shows considerable commonsense as he continues to highlight developer’s attempts to pull the wool over our eyes.

Alex Erskine

Rodborough Road



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