IF STEVE Green prefers the Naked Emperor to Scrooge as alter ego then so be it, but that does not mean that open space purchased by the former County Borough Council for future development can be designated as parkland purely on his say so. Did he raise similar protests when some of this land was used to provide school and college buildings, a public car park for town centre workers and the Park View Centre for people needing support?
Having conceded that no part of the park itself has been sold, it is interesting that he now refers to an alleged sale of ‘part of Tudor Grange’. That must come as a surprise to the Corporation of Solihull College that owns (and has restored) the building but I am happy to accept his claim that the council’s policy is now revealed to all. Using publicly owned assets for the public good is indeed a cornerstone policy of good local government that should be more widely recognised – even if Mr Green finds the prospect personally unpleasant.
Coun Ken Meeson,
Leader of Council