I SHOULD like to draw your readers’ attention to the disparity in charges for spectacles in Solihull’s opticians. My partner went to Specsavers and I went to Boots (used to be Dollond and Aitchison). We both had our reading glasses reglazed, he was charged £39 and I was charged £110!
I have since written to Boots head office only to receive a letter to say that there will always be occasions when products will be cheaper elsewhere!! I asked for justification for the massive price difference but none was forthcoming. I am following this up but suffice to say I won’t be using Boots again.
To add insult to injury I was unable to use money on my Boots Advantage card to help with the cost as the shop did not have the technology to do this.
The real cost of HS2
I WAS interested to read Mrs Spelman’s article in last week’s Solihull News ‘Hard road ahead to a better Britain’ in which she outlined the tough spending decisions that must be made over the next four years to balance the national books at a time when the government is borrowing a quarter of what it spends.
Mrs Spelman stated jobs would be lost and that her constituents’ spending priorities were health and education, she also mentions the proposed High Speed 2 Railway the planning of which will cost £1.2 billion of public money over the next five years and £34 billion to construct. In May Mrs Spelman assured us no public funds would be used for HS2, now it seems that at least £27 billion of taxpayers’ money will be channelled into the scheme, that is about a £1,000 a household.
Recently some of Mrs Spelman’s constituents have been holding public exhibitions to enlighten the public concerning the pros and cons of HS2, without exception the question asked is ‘why, when our core services and jobs are being threatened’. Many in the Meriden constituency would be grateful if Mrs Spelman could answer this question for them.
Hampton in Arden
CHRISTMAS is coming God help the turkeys!
As a veggie I condemn God for not saving them from the pot. I don’t condemn those who celebrate Christ’s birth by eating turkeys, though of course I would rather they did not. At the same time, I don’t shout my veggie interest from the rooftops, metaphorically speaking, as some do their belief in the unbelievable.
Ulverley Green Road, Solihull
Praise for podiatry unit
I RECENTLY had to have day surgery in the NHS Podiatry Unit in Chelmsley Wood, part of Solihull Hospital. Harry Brown, I would like to thank him and his excellent team for the care and attention they gave me. They complain about our health service, I would say, if you have any problems with your feet, get referred to them.