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Parkgate folly

R J Sayer arguably exercises too much restraint when describing the Parkgate development and the manner in which Solihull’s previous Tory administration foisted it upon Shirley residents despite considerable local opposition.

R J Sayer arguably exercises too much restraint when describing the Parkgate development and the manner in which Solihull’s previous Tory administration foisted it upon Shirley residents despite considerable local opposition.

No one would argue that Shirley’s heartland is not in desperate need of a boost, but only the Tories and Shirley Advance appear to have convinced themselves the key to revitalising the high street is the addition of yet another supermarket drawing customers away from independent traders.

Had this foolish path not been pursued by Councillor Ken Meeson and his colleagues, cash could instead have been diverted into a programme of genuine benefit to the people of Shirley. However, thanks to their blind obstinacy, the inevitable delays have dragged hopes of regeneration into a period of economic downturn where there is now little chance of investment. I trust Ken and his friends feel pleased with themselves.

Steve Green

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Cycle reply

SOLIHULL News, January 28, P Thorpe in reply to regret that motorists and cyclists do not get on well together, writes that if all your 40 cycle club members ride out together and ride three abreast then this causes him anger (tut tut).

To put the records straight like most cycle clubs our membership is spread out far and wide and we discourage big groups riding out together, I usually ride out with just 3/4 riders, two abreast and in single file when in traffic.

However, big groups do ride out usually on charity rides raising funds for the poor people in Africa as your other correspondent, P Thomas draws my attention to. My earlier letter sought to encourage all road users to be more tolerant to other road uses, clearly P Thorpe, despite what he claims, does not. P Thomas waffles on about the poor people of Africa, whom I do support, he sneers at my two hour bike rides, not appreciating that I ride over 100 each week and he tells me that our forces are giving their service in Afghanistan, I also gave my service with five years in the forces, so I do understand service to my country.

Denis Feasey,

Castle Bromwich.

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Merge alert

IT SEEMS strange that with the extreme safety measures SMBC has taken with the bypass - a dual carriageway with a speed limit down from 70 mph to 50 mph - that signs to merge traffic are not in place.

This must be an accident waiting to happen. Twice this week I have been unfortunate enough to travel from the M42 up the bypass to encounter a free for all in the two to one lane bit.

Now the Highway Code does say that when lanes merge traffic should merge one on one. But, of course, today’s motorists don’t read the Highway Code. A couple of signs saying “MERGE ONE on ONE” should be cheap enough. And are far more sensible than making the dual carriageway 50 mph?

Richard Taylor

 

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