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High speed water

High speed water

WHILST tending my allotment today, I can never remember the soil in late February being so dry.

Already there are contingency measures for hose pipe bans, stand pipes and so on.

With already measures adopted by water supply companies to channel water from rivers into depleted reservoirs following the lack of rain, does it not seem a better spend of our money to invest in securing our long term water supplies at a fraction of the cost of HS2?

De-sallination areas around our coastline, and investment in infrastructure, water supplies from areas of high rainfall to low, seems a much better investment than the extreme cost and extremely dubious economic benefits of getting to and from the south or north. High speed water (HSW) gets my vote.

Kelvin Jones via e-mail

A foul problem

MY husband is buried at St. Marys Church Temple Balsall. I was so distressed to find a dog had fouled his grave, please will people show respect and keep their dogs on a lead until they are clear of any graves and also to clean up after them.

It may be a public footpath but it is also a place where we lay our loved ones to rest. I am sure they would not like it done to any of their family members or anyone they may have loved.

I was a dog owner for 16 years but I always cleaned up after him and would never have let him run over graves.

Barbara Cooper via e-mail

Malady of idiocy

I AGREE with the comments made by Simon of Shirley (Letters): Reducing speed limits is not the answer to reducing accidents.

There seems to be a current obsession with reducing speed limits everywhere on the grounds of increasing road safety but without any coherent evidence produced.

Will we one day be forced to drive at 10mph because accidents are still occurring at 20mph due to excessive boredom?

I regularly see drivers using mobile phones, sat navs placed in the direct sight of view, reading maps, reading reports and in one case watching a TV. T

Here is an increasing malady of idiocy, poor driving and irresponsibility. Why should responsible people be punished?

J Griffin, Solihull

Wanting more

ONCE again Arden School has put on a production that reminds you that the streets of the West Midlands aren’t totally over run gangs by feral teenagers.

I was lucky enough to be in the audience on Friday night and have to say a big ‘congrats’ to everyone involved with the production.

I’ve seen professional shows that weren’t as good and the thought that all the performers, lighting and sound crews and backstage people (not to mention the teachers involved) gave up so much of their own time is just inspiring. Roll on the next show!

Mrs M Guthrie, via

What a hit

CONGRATULATIONS to all the students at Arden Academy who were involved in the fantastic production of “Oliver” this weekend. This was yet another outstanding production by the incredibly strong performing arts department at the school.

There were individual performances worthy of a West End stage and a professional theatre quality student orchestra which accompanied the performance throughout.

The team work from everyone was truly impressive.

Thanks to all involved.

K Tomkins via e-mail

Survey results

READERS in Knowle may be interested in the In Touch newsletter I have seen from Knowle Conservatives on their Waitrose survey:

Overall impression: 63 per cent of respondents opposed the proposals while 35 per cent support them, 2 per cent were unsure.

Impact: 65 per cent believed they would have a negative impact on the village, 31 per cent thought they were about right.

Parking and Traffic: 62 per cent thought the expected increase in traffic and parking arrangements were unsatisfactory.

28 per cent thought them about right and10 per cent were unsure.

Delivery Arrangements: 49 per cent felt the new delivery arrangements were unsatisfactory, 39 per cent they were about right.

Size: 57 per cent felt it was to big, nearly 28 per cent thought it was ‘about right’ or ‘too small’.

Conclusion: A majority of residents are not supportive of the present plans. Other comments made were that more choice is needed and a smaller store would be acceptable.

CD Collier Solihull

Heavy handed

COULD readers please be aware of the behaviour of traffic enforcement officers in Dorridge.

I was astonished to be given a parking ticket outside my own home (Hanbury Road) on a quiet, Wednesday afternoon outside of term time.

Having lived on the road for almost five years I have never seen a TEO in the area; surprising, as during term time cars are parked with no regard for signs and road markings outside of the local schools. I feel that the TEO was looking for ‘easy targets’.

I understand and support the needs for restrictions during term time, but surely a little common sense and empathy could have prevailed?

Is this just a money making scheme for the local council?

A disgruntled Hanbury Road Resident

Blinded by the light

A SURVEY conducted amongst motorists last year found that the second most annoying habit was the practice of sitting at traffic lights with a foot on the brake pedal, thus dazzling the driver behind, especially in wet weather.

This is in contravention of section 114 of the Highway Code. So there I was, early one rainy evening at the Lode Lane/Seven Stars Road junction, handbrake on, brake lights off, waiting for the lights to change.

Virtually every vehicle ahead had brake lights on, including, not one but two police panda cars.

Surely we should expect a better example?

Edward Wood, Alderdale Crescent, Solihull

A blow to us all

WITH regard to last week’s front page story ‘Outrage as landmark is vandalised’ (Solihull News) it cannot be denied that by comparison to other towns and cities, Solihull has little in the way of public statues and other forms of monuments.

The equestrian statue which has graced Malvern Park for almost 60 years has become a landmark and has made Solihull the envy of many other places having brought both pleasure and interest to those who see it.

I can truthfully say that I must now be one of the few Solihull residents who can remember it having being situated on its original position of the front lawn of Tudor Grange.

As a child I call recall it to be a treat to witness the statue and its plinth being dismantled and reassembled where it stands today; and with the passing of time it has become the unofficial symbol of Solihull - bringing pride to many residents. Sadly, we are living in times where metal theft has become common practice. Plaques from war memorials, public monuments to name but two being targets.

No regard is ever taken by those concerned for what they represent nor the heartache for those left behind to grieve.

It has been established the value in this case of the stolen bronze is only minimal without taking into account the true value of the statute which is priceless.

Purchased by Captain Oliver Bird in 1946 and presented to the borough in memory of his father Sir Alfred Bird the renowned food manufacturer and politician - it is the work of the eminent Victorian sculptor J Edgar Boehm.

We in Solihull Local History Circle are firmly of the opinion part of the town’s heritage has been far more than just destroyed. In these times of austerity measures costs for repairs would be difficult to find. I would appeal to anyone to have a solution whereby we can find the means to have this bronze masterpiece restored to its former glory.

Allan W Evans, Solihull



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