REGARDING the proposed site for a new Warren Pearl hospice in Solihull, although I have no direct link with the hospice I have known them for a number of years as a neighbour, in as much that I was a director and chairman of the West Midlands Bridge Club which is immediately adjacent to the hospice.
I can certainly promise that they are and always have been excellent neighbours, always ready to help and co-operate, whilst the noise and disturbance issue is simply a red herring - it just does not happen. Most of the time you will not be aware that the hospice is there.
I can also vouch that they have been urgently scouring the Solihull area for a suitable site for many years, and indeed we were also involved in trying to find a suitable new site for the Bridge Club, and we used to share the results of our labours.
In addition the present buildings are totally unsuitable, it is literally a rabbit warren, whilst the ever increasing health and safety regulations have resulted in a significant reduction in the number of beds available.
So come on residents, accept the fact that Solihull needs the hospice, it is an amenity that we all hope we will never need, an amenity supported by an army of local volunteers who do their bit for the community. Marsh Lane may not be totally ideal but unfortunately it really is the only one available.
R Moore, Rollswood Drive, Solihull.