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The final nail

REGARDING the news that the developers have pulled out of the proposed housing development of Birmingham & Solihull Rugby Club, Sharmans Cross Road, we can only hope this is the final nail in the coffin.

REGARDING the news that the developers have pulled out of the proposed housing development of Birmingham & Solihull Rugby Club, Sharmans Cross Road, we can only hope this is the final nail in the coffin.

For the development would destroy a unique sporting area which at present involves Solihull Football Club, Solihull Rugby Club and Solihull Arden Club who provide together sporting and leisure facilities for the area for younger and older people to enjoy as well as employing a number of local people.

Indeed the area concerned is covered by SMBC Sports Covenant regarding its use solely for sporting purposes only. The planning application is completely out of character with the area, also of no small point, drainage, traffic, congestion and parking are also of serious concern.

Finally I urge people concerned to write to Solihull Planning Council or contact Pat Montague, Chairman, Action Group, 23 Sharmans Cross Road, Solihull to voice their concerns and support the action group who have worked tirelessly to defeat the proposed development.

Melvyn Broadhurst

Solihull

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Left at the bus stop

WE are being encouraged to use our cars less and make more use of public transport. It is unfortunate therefore, that changes to some of the local bus services, are making the use of them much less attractive.

From February 1 the Nos 32 and 41 services have been discontinued, and been partially amalgamated to form the No 42 service. This is a half-hourly service, while the No 32 service was every 20 minutes, between 10am and 2pm. It also went via Gospel Lane and Stratford Road, to Bills Lane, Shirley. To make this journey now, requires changing in Acocks Green to the No 31, and of course, a reverse change on the return journey.

It is only a few months since the very useful No 38 service was removed. The No 42c from Sheldon to Solihull, also a useful service, was similarly discontinued. Each time changes are made, the Passenger Travel Authority seems to indicate they are for the benefit of the passenger. This of course, is largely untrue. Those fortunate enough to have cars are now having reluctantly to use them in place of the reduced public services.

L Kirby

Butler Road, Solihull

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Well served area

Mr Lionel King complains about the lack of Conservative literature being delivered to his home in Chadwick End (Letters).

This is because Mr King is a known Liberal Democrat activist.

It would be pointless to send Mr King our leaflets in these circumstances.

However, as chairman of Knowle Conservative branch, I can confirm that Chadwick End is well -served with our In Touch leaflets, informing residents about local matters and inviting those with any concerns to contact our splendid councillors and/or our outstanding MP, Caroline Spelman. Communications from Parliament are not sent from the local Conservative Association.

John Courtenay

Chairman, Knowle Branch Conservatives

 

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