WITH reference to your article “Church plans re-submitted” (Solihull News) having checked with the council planning department I would advise that whilst the domed extension has been removed in the new application (2010/2042) the stand-alone tower remains, be-it marginally reduced in size.
The planning department has advised the plans go for approval on January 19 and that comments can be made in writing or e-mail to the council up to January 17.
David Hudson, Solihull
Talk about it
IT is sad that HTH (Letters) cannot recognise sincerity from insult on HS2. There is nothing wrong in suggesting that he talks over his differences with those he opposes at their next meeting in order to understand other peoples concerns.
Also sad is to see some local chambers of commerce suggesting they strongly support HS2 despite some opposition from their members. Putting aside the question of need, to support the destruction of an unspoilt environment and landscape is questionable to say the least.
Peter Bray via e-mail
HS2 antis have now reached the point where they actually now believe their own propaganda. (Letters)
Fact: HS2 trains will be less than half the 2000t claimed and given another decade will probably be more of a loud purr than a ‘whoosh’. .
Fact: All HS2 forecasts are subject to the ‘insurance policy’ in the forms of a £2.2billion ‘construction risk’ and £4.2billion ‘Treasury optimism bias’ intended to cover any cost escalation or overestimation of revenue. More than half the ‘real’ cost of HS2 is in fact a ‘safety margin’.
Fact: DfT shows growth in rail travel increased in all socio eco groups but was greatest among the less well off.
Fact: Recently re-opened rail services planned using the same methodology as HS2 have all shown passenger growth much greater than shown by their plans.
Fact: Passenger growth has continued despite fare rises and problems (WCML upgrade etc) of the past decade.
Fact: The owner of the WCML (Network Rail) support HS2 and states upgrading the WCML would be more costly for inadequate additional capacity.
HT Harvey, B91
Make ’em pay
WE have the £6 gallon heading our way and the £3 pint, so isn’t it time that if we’ve got to pay these prices to drive our car, and have a pint, that MPs and peers should be paying as well, why should they have subsidised drinks and petrol on expenses, it’s time that the perks of parliament were removed and let them pay the same as us.
ST Vaughan, Glastonbury Rd, Yardley Wood
OUR thanks to Ruth and Peter Bristall and all the helpers who make our afternoon club so special. We play cards, bingo, enjoy cakes and tea. Come and join us every Wednesday between 1 and 3pm at St Margarets Church, Olton, we look forward to meeting you.
‘CONCERNED resident’s’ rant against our public services is both ill informed and inaccurate. He or she starts by saying “our public transport is a disgrace...”. This is simply untrue - we are well served by buses and trains and in the recent snow they maintained a service as far as was possible taking into account the temperatures.
He also complains about a new bus lane - we need more bus lanes. Buses carry up to 70 plus passengers and if these were in cars there would be gridlock.
I count myself fortunate to live in a part of the country where the public transport is so efficient that I no longer need to own a car.
Peter Trigg, Pear Tree Crescent, Shirley