PARKGATE, the planned library move, parking problems - Shirley may have its fair share of controversy but the Solihull News thinks there is also plenty to celebrate.
Retailers may argue trading can often be a struggle but no one can deny that the town still offers a wide variety of independent retailers, some of which have been in the area for generations.
Councillor Howard Allen (Green, Shirley West) said: “I know people criticise the town, saying it has too many charity shops and takeaways but we still have an awful lot of independent retailers and it is important we continue to support these traders.”
Coun Allen also praised Shirley Park, the local neighbourhood policing team, the schools and the town’s thriving youth community.
“The police certainly deserve a mention - they are extremely efficient if you report a problem. We also can’t forget to mention groups like, the sea cadets and the rugby club (Camp Hill RFC).
“And St James church is a landmark building with a wonderful parish team.”
Trevor Eames, secretary of the Solihull Ratepayers Association praised the town’s community spirit.
“Shirley is fairly chaotic at the moment with the new development but it is a very vibrant area, with a tremendous community spirit.
“Facilities such as Shirley Institute, the CAB, the British Legion - between them, they are a really positive contribution to the town.”
Jim Ferry, chairman of the Shirley Town Team hailed the provisions, facilities and events in the town.
“There’s convenient free parking in our car parks too for three hours and lots of specialist shops with real character, great cafes and restaurants and at the heart is Shirley Park, which is always a favourite,” he said.