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Putting a dormitory town on Solihull's doorstep

THE letter this week from Gill Lewis, chair of Hampton in Arden parish council really makes you sit up and take notice.

THE letter this week from Gill Lewis, chair of Hampton in Arden parish council really makes you sit up and take notice.

Could it be that we are on the slippery slope of seeing the Meriden Gap disappear under a town with a population of 100,000?

Our local representatives may say it will never happen but it’s worth remembering where the real power lies; Birmingham for instance won’t give two hoots if Solihull - motto urbs in rure - has its rure concreted over.

Then there is London, and what London wants it tends to get.

HS2 you will remember was going to be the means by which Birmingham Airport became capital’s third, but already the coalition appears to be moving away from this concept.

There’s talk of RAF Northolt being converted to take business travellers, talk of an airport in the Thames estuary, even another runway a Heathrow.....in other words, anywhere but Birmingham.

Solihull could just end up a high speed rail interchange and a giant dormitory town on its doorstep for capital commuters. Or is that too far fetched?

Ross Crawford

 

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