LAST Friday morning the eight flower planters in the centre of Marston Green village, including those owned by Bickenhill parish council, were removed without any consultation with the parish council, the borough councillors or Marston Green residents association. We learned that this was carried out by Solihull MBC as part of a 20 per cent cost cutting exercise.
The removal itself clearly had a cost, which could have been saved if the council had had the courtesy to inform the parish council. If we had been given the choice we could have assumed responsibility for their planting and upkeep.
The planters were a valuable feature of the village and those procured by the parish were specifically positioned to deter car parking on the wide pavement outside of the shops. This was a safety hazard and with the parking problems we are experiencing currently, we fully expect this hazard to return.
We would be interested to know how the 20 per cent cost saving equates to 100 per cent removal of the planters. Does this mean that every other village in the borough has been subjected to the same policy of removing all planters, council owned or otherwise? Who was responsible for making this decision?
On behalf of Bickenhill Parish Council
ON Thursday, Friday and Saturday this week Shirley Advance will be hosting a public exhibition of the latest regeneration proposals for Shirley town centre at Shirley Baptist Church on Stratford Road.
Some people have assumed we are starting all over again, which we aren’t. The proposals visitors will see are very similar to before but there are some changes that have been made.
We are seeking local opinion with regard to those changes and those changes alone.
Shirley Advance has launched its project website at www.parkgateshirley.com where people can view the latest scheme and provide their feedback. In addition, we will be doing a random survey of nearby residents and businesses about the changes.
All of the presentation material will be available at Shirley Library from Monday June 21, where people can also provide their feedback.
The exhibition is at Shirley Baptist Church on Thursday, June 17 from 4-8pm, Friday, June 18 from 2-6pm and Saturday, June 19 from 10-4pm.
We very much welcome as much feedback as possible, all of which will be included within an updated Statement of Community Involvement to accompany the new planning application.
Robert Birch, Shirley Advance
I WAS delighted to read that the new Heart of Shirley is finally going ahead. I wish Shirley Advance good luck in their new plans and hope all those people who objected to the previous plans will think long and hard in the light of how Shirley has deteriorated.
We need a High Street to be proud of and shops to actually buy things of interest. We used to have Woolies, Co Op, Adams - look what we have now. Our High Street is a disgrace! I for one cannot wait for the work to start.
J Green via e-mail
LIKE many others my family have dealt with Owens. First at their Acocks Green shop when Mrs Knight was in the shop. I remember when her daughter Joan was born and she followed her mother and was in the Solihull shop for many years. I cannot imagine Solihull without Owens.
Well cared for
I WOULD like to thank all the staff at Sunhaven for looking after my wife Norma even better than I did. A home of excellence.
Leafields Road, Solihull