REGARDING the article about 94-year-old Moselian Alan Bradley (Solihull News) it caused me at 84 to recall time there as a boys-only Grammar School student 1938/1943, then after two and a half years in Royal Navy eventually becoming an international export manager, coincidently like Alan spending final 12 years on Land Rover production control, before retiring 21 years ago.
Those were all happy times of full employment, anchored by good education and firm discipline at Moseley by headmaster Mr Robinson.
All our younger teachers joined armed forces and the iron willed ladies replaced them. We spent much time in school air raid shelters and then competed by finding shrapnel after daylight bombing.
Later Solihull senior Tory councillor David Bell was Head Boy, whilst former Solihull Lib/Dem leader John Windmill was also a Moseley pupil. We represented all shades of political opinion, as I was a Labour candidate several times.
Our granddaughter was also a teacher there, but sadly co-education discipline and respect is now poorer. New buildings are welcome, but I’m glad beautiful Victorian Grade II original structure is being retained.
Don Bargery, Alston Road, Solihull
A nice earner
Waitrose in Knowle...that will make three large supermarkets within a 2km radius - plus the three minimarkets already in situ.......this area of Solihull will become known as the - supermarket square mile - with all its attendant problems. Is this really the image that the council want to project?
It does seem to me that with the increasing use of delivery for groceries these large supermarkets will become redundant in the fairly near future.
What is Solihull Council thinking of allowing these plans to get so far, was it the sprat to catch a mackerel, a new village hall, only that is no longer on offer...but are they rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect of more business rates?
M Squire via e-mail
I went to the drive-in movie at The Fort on Sunday May 29 and absolutely loved it! I would love this to become a regular event as I am eager to go back and do the night all over again!
I thought it would be a really great idea if we were given the chance to watch some of the drive-in classics such as ‘Grease’ or maybe some of the real oldies like ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ or ‘The Seven Year Itch’. Fingers crossed another drive-in will be coming soon.
Sophie Williams via e-mail
Ban the HS2
I understand that Birmingham Council is irritated by the ‘No’ banners erected and paid for by my colleague Nikki Sinclaire MEP and placed next to the council banners proclaiming “Yes, to HS2” at ratepayers’ expense!
Quicker trains will mean no time to prepare for meetings and all that valuable work time on the train will be lost. No doubt desks on Euston Station will be the answer? Speed kills, but speed also costs in terms of energy (e=mc2) and is not ‘green.’
Thanks to HS2 (likely cost £35 billion plus) Birmingham Airport will become a major London Airport more than rivalling Gatwick! Good for airport expansion plans but bad for local noise levels and bad for the West Midlands, which will be sidelined in favour of London.
Does the council realise that HS2 means Birmingham will become a London commuter town? Ban Yes banners and ban HS2 I say, saving £35 billion, saving local industry, saving the Staffordshire and Warwickshire countryside and saving the cost of banners.
Mike Nattrass MEP
In the cold
I totally agree with the comments of Mr Peter Cottle regarding so called council and parliamentary representatives. I recall my attempt to ask for assistant with problems with access to my property in north Solihull having no success with local councillors, I then asked a national representative of government to get involved - the answer received was unable to help! Clearly when wishing to become a residents’ spokesperson you should have meetings then local residents will feel truly representative
C.J.Mills, Coleshill Heath