NOW summer has arrived it’s pleasing that despite ever tightening budget, our council - whoever runs it - still fills focal points of Solihull with regular changing colourful flower and bush displays which cheer us up.
Meanwhile local farmers, Italian, French and German markets are attractive and well patronised. Really enjoyable is the wide range of street musical entertainment provided in the town centre.
Solihull is a good place to live and its pleasing that Sergeant Kirk Whitehouse (Solihull News April 24) in charge of policing Solihull town centre and will really crack down on shoplifting and pick pocket thieves.
He and his team will discourage the minority vandalising binge drinkers. It’s also vital teenage bullies are prevented stealing from youngsters in our local parks. They must be punished severely.
Alston Road, Solihull
WITH reference to page one Solihull News, May 14. Crack down on anti-social crime, litter louts is the part which made me laugh.
Although not all council contractors should be included.
Rubbish thrown from vehicles after a break, cigarette packets, lighters, such like, delivery sheets thrown to blow in the wind. Broken slabs left when too idle to take away when reported. You speak to a call centre yet nothing is done.
Campden Green, Solihull
Back of Owens
I AM an 87 year old resident, born and bred in Solihull.
I remember well H L Owen shop on Solihull high street and the subsequent fire after years of trading.
Howard Owen was a great family friend - best man to my late husband at our wedding in 1944.
He romantically proposed to one of my older sisters in the room at the back of his shop. Giving me sixpence to buy some sweets to get me out of the way.
My sister turned down his proposal and Howard never married.
In the war years we often played cards in the flat above the shop when my husband was on leave from the RAF.
Howard Owen’s father had a hardware shop in Acocks Green for many years.
Witherford Croft, Solihull
I AM 100 years-old and recently had a mastectomy at Solihull hospital. I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved before and after my operation. This includes staff at the cancer clinic, all the nurses on Ward 14 and Mr Bala the consultant and his team.
I was shown care and kindness from everyone, I was really well looked after. You hear awful things about hospitals today so I thought I would tell you something good.
NOW that the elections are over every prospective candidate in this area had stated in their manifesto that they would fight to save the maternity block at Solihull hospital.
So whether they were successful with the voting or not, why don’t they take a leaf out of our new Prime Minister David Cameron and his deputy Nick Cleggs book and all join forces to save this unit.
So many expectant parents will be relieved, especially if they reside in or near Solihull, that they haven’t got to travel further away to the Heartlands or Good Hope Hospitals.
The birth of babies can be very unpredictable at times and a mother can be very stressed.
So all you new MPs and others (unsuccessful this time) show us what you can all achieve if you can keep your promises.
V Price, Hon President, Shirley Residents Association