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I WOULD like you to pass on a warning that shopping at Morrison’s Solihull could turn out to be very expensive, if you go over the two and half hours allowed time.

I WOULD like you to pass on a warning that shopping at Morrison’s Solihull could turn out to be very expensive, if you go over the two and half hours allowed time.

I use Morrison’s on a regular basis and have not really taken much notice of the parking signs in the belief that if you shop there then there is no charge. We are in there for more than one hour and sometimes two. Some days we sit in the cafe and have a coffee or something to eat.

There are times when we go into the town for other shopping but never not shopped in Morrison’s.

At the end of November we parked there went and bought some Christmas presents then shopped in Morrison’s, spent over £100 and then had something to eat which took us over two and half hours.

I have now been told I am being charged £80 for parking. I have spoken to Morrison’s and they have told me that I have to produce a receipt and they may overturn this charge. How many people at this time of year are going to get caught out with these charges?

I spend on average £150 when I go in there, that’s over £7,000 a year if I went weekly.

£7,000 or £80 if you were Morrison’s what would you rather have, because if they don’t scrap the charge I will not shop there again.

Nick Birch, Elmdon


Benefit for all

Considering we now have a Government that is supposedly delegating more decision making to a local level, I am amazed at the dictatorial way they are seeking to impose HS2 on the region. The cost of building this line will be phenomenal, to bring benefits to relatively few people.

Yet here we are at the beginning of winter, living in a country paralysed from top to bottom by snow and ice, because we simply don’t possess the necessary equipment to cope with it.

I say with money for major projects in short supply, forget grandiose plans for HS2, for which the economic case is, at best, debatable. Concentrate instead on equipping the whole of the UK properly to deal with serious winter weather to keep the country moving. This would be to the benefit of all, rather than a select few.

AF Griffiths, Stanway Road, Shirley


People plea

NEVER mind the technical information about HS2. What about the human element. Why should people have their homes and lives ruined in the interests of mammon?

With all the talk about the environment, why should that be ignored in the interests of mammon?

What is this life if full of care,

We have no time to stand and stare.

Harry M Scharf, Ulverley Green Road, Solihull


An insult to all

Fantasy, spin, half-truths, pessimism defeatism all permeate messrs Lloyd and Bray letters of December 10 (Solihull News).

To begin with HS2 will have two Birmingham stations - Interchange (by the NEC, 38 minutes to London) and Fazeley Street in the city centre (49mins to London).

In comparison it is unlikely an improved WCML would benefit significantly from new technological developments. Furthermore a section of the HS2 report considers a ‘brand new classic line and states it would be 30 per cent slower than HS2. Improvements to the WCML take us where we were yesterday and few if any reputable rail engineers agree with Mr Branson or you.

Noise levels from HS2 are also likely to be reduced by improved rail technology. From Burton Green to Interchange HS2 plans show 50% of the line is in a cutting of varying depth. The Technical App. shows three trains per hour off peak and four trains per hour peak all stopping at Interchange with no trains 23:00 to 05:00. The lack of rail joints or points will also bring reductions.

You say the West Midlands would lose out to London, become less attractive… standards will fall …... businesses leaders, employees and others must have groaned when they read your words.

HS2 will enable the region, not only to hold on to jobs and business but also attract them from London and the SE. The region will beat the competition. You insult us all. H T Harvey, B91


Party political

IN the article about Parkgate (Solihull News) you have quoted Councillor Tim Hodgson’s comments suggesting that the Sainsbury development in Dorridge was thrown out by Conservatives. His incorrect reference to Tesco shows a lack of interest outside his parish but more seriously that he regards planning decisions as a party-political function.

In fact planning committees are required to act in a quasi-judicial capacity and as I was present and spoke on the Sainsbury application I can verify the scheme was rejected by councillors from all three parties.

Coun Andy Mackiewicz, Dorridge and Hockley Heath



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