A big thank you to Caroline Spelman, Nikki Sinclaire and other elected representatives for their presence at the national conference recently held in Meriden, with representatives from many parts of the country, who are totally frustrated with the ability of landowners to develop large scale development without planning consent and with total disregard to the community and ecology.
It boosted the morale of the protesters in Eaves Green lane (Meriden) who have carried out a 24 hour vigil, seven days a week since May of last year.
Regarding HS2, Caroline Spelman is right to ask business to make the case for HS2. Given the national encouragement to work from home where possible (via internet etc), by taking away a large chunk of the Meriden Gap and other countryside in its way, the environmental case appears negative.
The economic case for HS2 is seriously questionable. If it does go ahead it could make the Millennium Dome (Greenwich), seem like a bargain, which it is was not.
Kelvin Jones via e-mail
I HAVE been interested in the progress of the runway extension since the statement that there is no business case and no money.
However, the airport, BCC, SMBC and business leaders continue to press for progress. HS2 and the perceived strain on Heathrow have been cited as good reasons for the extension. BCC and SMBC were to share the cost of the A45 diversion. BCC then said that they would go it alone. Now BCC, Centro and the airport will cover the cost, however, the new local LEP is asking the New Regional Growth Fund (RGF) to contribute half the cost. BCC are now in the Emirates asking for investment for projects. Confusion!
Is this to be the way of HS2 being that there is no business case or finance? The pro lobby is made up of the Government, local councils, chambers of commerce, Centro, Birmingham Airport and other large organisations, with some exceptions.
I believe that the decision on HS2 and the lasting turmoil it will create deserves better than this. The whole community deserves better than this.
Peter Bray, via e-mail
Make it a Local please
DORRIDGE could still have the dubious distinction of being a big-store destination for shopping trippers. Sainsbury’s latest plan is still too big – three times the size of Tesco, Knowle. There is an ever-growing number of people who have now come alive to the implications of bringing in so many customers from afar and so many truckloads of goods.
All this arises because Sainsburys believe we, the residents, need a big store to ‘do our weekly shop’, with or without cars, but parking space will be scarce, even when a visit to the surgery is required.
Many older people prefer a visit to shops more frequently than once a week, so what would be nice would be a Sainsburys Local, to buy a few items, visit other shops, have a coffee, meet people, and have a chat. Come on, Sainsburys, do the decent thing and let’s have a Local.
Jean Shearman, Dorridge