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IT’S encouraging to know that Solihull council tax payers won’t be contributing to the £32 million bill to shift the A45 to allow for the runway extension at Birmingham International Airport.

IT’S encouraging to know that Solihull council tax payers won’t be contributing to the £32 million bill to shift the A45 to allow for the runway extension at Birmingham International Airport.

The airport appears to be spending a lot at the moment - there’s the multi-million pound extension itself, new duty free zones, terminal changes and lounges, however while it’s busy investing mega bucks it would do well to remember you and I, the paying public in the scheme of things.

I for one had a less than pleasant experience last time I used Birmingham Airport, back in January. It was £1 to drop off luggage, a £1 for a trolley, and then parking fees on top. On the return trip, landing gone midnight, there was one measly bus to transport a plane-load of tired passengers back to the terminal. Funny how it’s those little things that can make a big difference to the ‘airport experience’.

l On another note, tomorrow, Saturday, don’t forget to go to the Old Silhillians from 6pm when foolhardy folk, myself included, will be first walking on broken glass, followed by other daredevils walking across flaming hot coals.

It’s all in the name of combating Meningitis, a killer condition that can strike any age but particularly the young. Please come along, lend your support, have some fun and enjoy the entertainment (!).

 

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