YET again Mr Ken ‘Leader of Solihull Council’ has bolted himself on to a cause that he thinks might help him and his party to be seen as pro-active and assertive - a lap dancing bar.
The real issue here is not ‘not in my back yard’ but why? Why, because this location is a hole in the ground that nobody can make money out of and someone has thought of a way to turn it around to make a profit and the council in their cynicism will take the money and run, as they need it, whilst pretending to be against it.
The fact is that Solihull Council and every other council in the country has a ‘screw everyone’ commercial policy, be it passengers passing through Birmingham airport and being charged for drop-off, security plastic bags or trolleys or a poor florist who wants to open a shop.
It is the poor independent retailer who can not afford to be in Solihull High Street or the public who are told to recycle, but we have to do the work for them. Not to mention the thousands that have been spent on the Hillfield parking diversion tactics, because the council has neither built enough parking spaces or priced the ones they have at the right price.
I Smith, Monkspath
IN response to the first ‘gentlemen’s club’ will be opening in Solihull, I have written my thoughts down in this poem entitled ‘So the gentlemen are coming to town’.
So the gentlemen are coming to town, Come in gentlemen and bring our High Street down.
Welcome to our basement - our hidden but gentlemanly den, Open to gentlemanly executives and gentlemanly sociable men.
Could you show your gentlemanly face from beneath your gentlemanly cloak, And take a look at our ordinary town and talk to our ordinary folk?
Or would you rather ‘in a gentleman’s way’ enter a club called Honey And have some seedy gratification for some bad but gentlemanly money?
Dismayed poet, Solihull
ON the Marie Curie Hospice controversy, I’d like to make the following points.
Firstly, it matters not one iota who owns the site. It is there, it’s available and its placement relative to several major roads suggests that domestic development is unlikely to take place there.
It therefore seems fairly sensible to put it to a use that doesn’t intrude unduly into the environment, would leave lots of open grassland and which wouldn’t be visible from Marsh Lane in any case.
As for being ‘green belt’, I would suggest that even if it were, demonstrating adequate cause for developing the site for the stated purpose would be easy to do.
Much has been made that Marsh Lane is ‘dangerous’ and will be overrun with speeding traffic if this development goes ahead.
Frankly, having lived in Solihull all my life I find this almost laughable.
Fitness for purpose is largely the remit of the architects and planners, but with a new build and a fresh sheet of paper such a building would, I suspect, be state-of-the-art.
Having been on the “business end” of the Marie Curie charity fairly recently myself, I wholeheartedly support them in this application, and hope to see a new facility rising from new foundations before too long.
John Bramham, former Elmdon Councillor and Planning Committee member
It’s my ferret
I HAVE just spotted a picture of my missing ferret in your newspaper! I bought him as a baby back in August and have missed him ever since he went missing (about a month ago!). I’m so happy to see he is ok and up to no good by the looks of it! I just wish there was some way I could get him back! Thank you for posting that article. I have been thinking the worst but now I know he’s alive.
Jemma Bishop, via e-mail
No, it’s my ferret
I’M writting after reading the article about the presumed polecat spotted in Union Road. It is actually a hob (male) ferret that went missing from his hutch in Longmore Road along with a white albino jill (female) ferret.
I’m a trainee gamekeeper and on the estate where I work I have seen genuine wild polecats a number of times.
If you could speak to the lady who has seen him and could ask her if I could try to catch him to bring him back home I would be extremly grateful.
Alex, via e-mail