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Road sign plea after people struggle to find Coralin Close

WHEN Harry Harwood asked Solihull Council to install a new roadsign - so people could find his house more easily - he didn’t expect the authority to put it up in an alleyway.

WHEN Harry Harwood asked Solihull Council to install a new roadsign - so people could find his house more easily - he didn’t expect the authority to put it up in an alleyway.

Since moving into Coralin Close over 20 years ago, visitors have struggled to find the house where Mr Harwood lives with wife Diane. After decades of confusion, the couple implored the council to put up a sign which was visible from the road.

But when contractors arrived earlier this year, the 54-year-old was baffled by the location they had chosen for it.

Now he’s calling on the council to “use some common sense” and put the sign where motorists can see it.

“People are only going to see that sign if they’re on foot - it’s no help to people who are driving past.

“We’ve had so many problems with people who can’t find us. Ring-and-ride, taxis and other visitors don’t have any idea where we are. Both my wife and I used mobility scooters so sometimes ambulances turn up for us and they can’t find us either.”

And when the Solihull Times sent photographer Martin Ryan to Chelmsley Wood to take a picture of the troublesome sign, he also struggled to track down Coralin Close and had to phone for directions.

Solihull Council said yesteday that it is still looking at alternatives.

Councillor Ted Richards, cabinet member for transport, highways and infrastructure, said: “We have listened to Mr Harwood’s concerns and have visited Coralin Close to try and find a solution.

“We do not place street name signs on buildings, and the location that Mr Harwood is suggesting is a set of garages which are leased by private owners. We are however still looking into other options.”

 

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