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THOSE living around the airport and the NEC have been subjected to road works on Bickenhill Road now for many months.

THOSE living around the airport and the NEC have been subjected to road works on Bickenhill Road now for many months.

The work has involved the total reconstruction of a section of dual carriageway in the order of half a mile long. This is not just resurfacing as the Council would have us believe but widening and the incorporation of new drains and other infrastructure.

The cost of this work is in the millions, and the only difference on the face of it is the inclusion of a new bus lane with traffic lights to allow buses to exit from the airport directly on to Bickenhill Road, thus saving perhaps a quarter of a mile.

Now the number of buses which use this route is less than 10 each hour. The cost benefit for such expenditure cannot be equated to the saving of bus journey costs, so what is the real reason for such expenditure?

We are told it has nothing to do with the proposal to construct industrial units close to Black Firs Lane on the Birmingham Business Park, nor is it anything to do with the proposed release of land for an additional 400 houses on green belt land in Marston Green. The question is who is paying for this work, and who is going to ultimately benefit from it?

Adrian Mirfin, Chelmsley Lane, Marston Green


Friends in need

THE Friends of Solihull Hospital would like to thank all those people who supported our fish and chip supper. A total of £700 was raised, special thanks to Mr Peter Gibb for the evening’s entertainment which he gave free of charge. Thanks also for the support we had at our Marsh Lane autumn fayre where £498.95 was made.

This will go towards the £87,000 for the new keyhole surgery unit that the Friends of Solihull Hospital have promised to fund.

G H Cother - Chairman

Friends of Solihull Hospital


Cool customer

MAY I thank the person who on the morning of Friday, November 12 almost literally saved my bacon. Well not quite, it was in fact two cartons of ice-cream, a packet of Alaskan wild salmon and one tray of chicken thighs.

I had just flustered my way through the checkout at Sainsbury’s Shirley, stowed the bags in my boot, returned the trolley and set off for home. Then a thought suddenly occurred that I couldn’t remember putting the cool bag and its contents into the boot. Panic! I pulled into Staples car park and opened the boot to find a nest of orange bags but no cool, blue one. With a forlorn hope I went to customer services. There was my cool bag complete with contents.

I left Sainsbury’s with an immense feeling of gratitude to the person who had found my bag and taken the trouble to hand it in to customer services. Whoever that person was may I say thank you for what you did.

J Reid, Solihull


On the mend

MAY I thank ‘Debbie’ who lives in Shirley, for her assistance when my wife Jean was taken ill in the restaurant at the BHS store in Solihull on Wednesday, November 10. She insisted on staying with her until the paramedics arrived. I should also like to give my thanks to the manageress and staff at BHS restaurant, all the paramedics and the staff at the medical assessment unit at Solihull Hospital. My wife is now at home recovering.

John Sharpe

Eastham Road, Billesley


Happy pups

SOLIHULL charity DogwatchUK wish to say a big thank you to all the families who attended our Hallowe’en Party fund raiser.

The evening was a grand success and everyone had a really great time. We raised £435 and this will help pay for winter kennelling for dogs we take in.

Denise Boardman, DogWatchUK, Marston Green



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