RECENTLY while waiting in the centre of Acocks Green beside a pedestrian crossing for a 37 bus to Solihull three cars stopped at the crossing within the space of five minutes with the drivers chatting away on their mobiles.
Additionally, I regularly walk from Widney Cemetery as Widney Manor station and it never ceases to amaze me how many cars hurtle up and down the road at speeds well in excess of the 40mph speed limit.
One can only conclude that some indeed numerous drivers feel they can commit motoring offences willy-nilly and consider themselves to be above the law of the land.
David Parker, Culverley Crescent, Knowle
Grit your teeth
PRE Christmas: Temperature minus 10, weather snow and ice, no gritters.
January 7: Temperature plus 6, weather mild and raining, gritters in Blossomfield Road at 11.30am!
Whoever sanctioned this should be made to pay for it out of their own pocket, but no doubt the ‘ivory tower’ brigade will come up with yet another silly excuse.
Brian Jones, via e-mail
I would like to respond to Conservative criticism of the creation of a new Cabinet portfolio for the Environment at Solihull Council (Letters).
They say this has cost the taxpayer tens of thousands of pounds and is unnecessary. The creation of this portfolio means we now have a dedicated Cabinet Member to give issues relating to Solihull’s environment a specific focus. I am delighted that in May 2010, the Leader of the Council appointed me to this important new post. Since then, we have made the decision to cancel a massive new incinerator project, saving the taxpayer millions, and we are offering £2.5 million of savings towards the Council’s 2011-12 budget.
We have worked flat out to ensure we cut costs in our budget while protecting frontline services. Indeed, in the environment portfolio, we are delighted to be offering more services to the public; we have approved an ambitious recycling target of at least 60% for our borough, agreed to roll out an enhanced recycling collection service for residents in flats, and we are considering a report on the provision of recycling bins in Solihull town centre.
We in the Solihull Liberal Democrat/Labour coalition believe that the environment deserves a high profile and we are delivering enhanced services at cheaper cost.
Councillor Tim Hodgson (Lib Dem, Shirley South), Cabinet Member for the Environment
Nothing to fear
I cannot understand why anyone should object to CCTV systems monitoring their neighbourhood (Solihull News). They are excellent value compared with the cost of the hundreds of police officers that would be needed to observe the same areas.
When I hear of organisations such as Big Brother Watch and Liberty objecting to surveillance cameras I wonder who exactly are they trying to protect, because any honest law-abiding person has nothing to fear.
Solihull resident via e-mail
Pie in the sky
DAVE Pinwell should stick to IT, which I hope he knows more about than digital TV!
He perpetuates the myth that you need to have a special aerial to receive Digital TV (loosely known as Freeview). Let’s get it clear - there is no such thing as a digital aerial.
“Some older aerials will not be designed for receiving digital...”
Rubbish! It’s exactly the same aerial for digital as analogue. If your existing analogue picture is good, then so will digital reception be.
There is a website written by trustworthy industry people, who also post on the Usenet forums, that attempts to give the truth behind Digital Switchover. www.paras.org.uk
Richard Taylor via e-mail