REGARDING the letter from ‘Pat’ - regarding Loreley Burt leaflets - prompted me to check the colourful Maggie Throup leaflet with which we have been blessed, and I find it has no less that 13 different colour photos of the Tory candidate - so is that lucky 13 or not?
OBVIOUSLY it’s disappointing to learn that the A&E departments within our hospital Trust have been put on red alert. But I question whether targets are the key to raising standards in the NHS.
I know I wouldn’t mind waiting longer than four hours if, for example, I’d sprained my ankle and I knew the doctors and nurses were busy with patients with life-threatening illnesses. It’s at times like these we must put our trust in our doctors and nurses and let them decide the priorities based on clinical need not a ticking clock.
Solihull Parliamentary candidate for the Conservative Party
Say no more
I RECEIVED treatment at Solihull A&E recently.
THE current controversy over child asylum seekers comes as no surprise as we have highlighted this issue tactfully with the authorities for over two years. The authorities have done absolutely nothing.
Solihull is a targeted area for the criminal gangs who smuggle these children into the UK because of the regional immigration office in Homer Road and yes they pose a major problem for the Council where children’s services are already stretched.
Each new arrival does come at a cost of some £42,000 a year and while much is reimbursed by the Border Agency a proportion does fall on the Council Taxpayer.
There are now pressure groups in France pressing for the abolition of their border controls with the UK so the problem asylum seeker encampments can be channelled straight across to Dover.
We believe the people smugglers can only be put out of business by returning illegals to safe areas of their country of origin and with a pending General Election now is the time to press for an end to platitudes and a call for action.
Secretary – Solihull Ratepayers Association
Have some pride
I AM writing to you as a concerned new resident of Solihull. I am by birth American and I have recently moved here and married a UK citizen who has lived in Solihull for more than 20 some years.
Coming most recently from Colorado in the US and having much pride for the land and the beauty it has to offer I write this with concern for what seems to be a remarkable lack of respect by the people who live and work here, and particularly the local municipality in not keeping the parks and sidewalks clean of litter and waste!
I take walks everyday through a fairly large park and on to main streets surrounded by lovely homes and schools.
I find lots of waste on sidewalks that young children walk past to and fro to school, and this waste is not just paper waste, but discarded broken bottles and most alarming on the side walk and in the park were used prophylactics!
There should be more public awareness concerning the lack of respect and all that appears to be taken for granted in the beauty of such a lovely country as Great Britain, and for the public sector to assign more resources to the clean up crews.
One possible solution is for more civil punishments to be handed out in the form of community service clean up projects and to assign these to the youths responsible for petty misdemeanours to make them more aware of what so many seem to disregard.
Name and address supplied
I AM appealing to the lady who found my Maclaren buggy on the Stratford Road in Shirley opposite Aldi several days ago.
You very kindly got in touch with Newman Holidays after seeing their details in my buggy but unfortunately I have not been able to make contact with you to arrange collection.
Please can I ask you to call me on 0121 705 4657 or e-mail me on firstname.lastname@example.org