VISITORS to Solihull using Mell Square Car Park, in particular the ground floor parking facility for disabled visitors, will have observed that many months ago, the car park entrance doors adjacent to the lifts were automated.
A memorial plaque has now been sited by the doors, acknowledging the part played by Dr Christopher Sands, my late husband, a wheelchair user, in suggesting the automation to aid access to the town.
I would like express my gratitude to Solihull Council and in particular to the car parks management team, for the work on the doors and for the memorial plaque. It gives me great pleasure that the Council saw fit to approve the memorial as visiting Solihull had always given my husband great pleasure.
I think it is fitting that I should thank the many people who have contributed to making the town the place my husband loved to visit.
Over many years they have achieved: Sympathetic architecture, magnificent floral displays and beautiful parks; clean squares and pavements; pedestrianisation; the remarkable beauty of the architecture of Touchwood Court, with its attractive arcades, high ceilings and clerestory windows…..
I wonder how many residents stop to think how very fortunate they are to live near such a beautiful town?
Elizabeth Sands, Hertford Way, Knowle
In her letter last week (Solihull News), Conservative Councillor Debbie Evans complains about the Solihull Lab/Lib coalition’s ‘obsession’ with cycle lanes and moans about how few people use the lane in her ward. I think it is worth reminding her that a considerable number of children use the lane to safely cycle to school. I would also question just how much time she spends on Cooks Lane as if she had been there recently she would know that local volunteers, including a number of children, refurbished the subway making it safe and clean.
Also, I noticed a few pages further on in the same edition that Labour’s David Jamieson announced that the local coalition had just approved a crossing despite a reduction in funding from her national party!
Andrew Mullinex, Solihull
Not my fault
I note that when you ring Solihull Council or log onto their website you are asked for your thoughts about where to cut £15 million of our services.
Given that as a country next year we will be giving £60 million every day to the European Union I’d argue that it is this sum that needs to be cut not our services. Anyway – don’t blame me for the mess that the current government is in which is now being passed onto the electorate...... I voted UKIP!
John Ison, chairman, UKIP Solihull branch,
I WOULD like to express my sincere gratitude to Dr Ghani, his medical team, all the nursing and catering staff and everyone involved in the wonderful care administered to my husband Michael during his prolonged stay in Ward 19 of Solihull Hospital.
Michael could not have received better care and attention and I will be forever indebeted to them.
A special thank you to Helen Rigby, respiratory nurse, also Ada Duncanson, Tammy Bellamy and Mel Clearly for their involvement, and so many others too numerous to mention.
Kath McAvinney, address supplied