LETTERS: Your discussion from across the borough in this week's Observer - The Solihull Observer

LETTERS: Your discussion from across the borough in this week's Observer

Solihull Editorial 5th Aug, 2018   0

Re: Spit brown bins.. I was very interested in this article because when I was the Independent Councillor for Blythe Ward I reported in my Spotlight Council in the monthly Dickens Heath Directory (August 2015) that faulty brown wheelie bins were splitting at the side and it was a manufacturing fault which the supplier was aware of.

I gave details of council contacts to report broken bins for replacement. So it was amusing to see a former Liberal Democrat now turned Green and the Conservative Cabinet Member faffing about and getting their faces in your issue about this seemingly on-going issue!

This is precisely the reason I stood for office in the first place … NOTHING GETS DONE. Disgusting.

Linda Brown

ex-Independent Councillor for Blythe Ward

Devitts Close, Shirley

I was interested to see your latest report on the Brown Bin problem.

On 9 May I contacted the council, requesting a replacement brown bin. I was told to expect to wait up to 20 working days. Once that time was up I started calling on a regular basis, asking when my bin would be replaced. Every time I was fobbed off with a variety of excuses.

On June 11 I was told that I would be on the “Priority” list. Last week I was informed that my bin was replaced on June 13. News to me! My old bin still sits outside, cluttering up the pavement.

I know that I can visit Solihull Connect to collect clear plastic bags for my recycling, but resent doing this when I already pay a substantial council tax for this purpose.

Priscilla Taylor

I find it astonishing that local taxpayers will be picking up the cost for distribution of faulty recycling bins.

Surely all costs should be claimed back from the supplier.

Brian Buckley,

Arnold Road,


I witnessed a parent, or maybe grandparent, with a small toddler walking barefoot on the pathway to Damson Lane playground. The child was also allowed to be barefoot in the play area.

When I voiced my anxieties as to how hot the ground was and perhaps the child needed some shoes on I was told, in no uncertain terms, to ‘mind my own business’.

The RSPCA has guidelines for walking dogs on hot pavements. It’s a pity parents and grandparents allow children to risk having their feet burnt.

A very concerned grandparent

I would like to say a very big thank you to the gentleman who kindly handed in my shopping bag to Morrisons supermarket. I had very foolishly left this hanging on the trolley and only realised when I reached home without it.

I had not much hope of seeing it again, but rushed back to the supermarket find him handing it to the shop assistant. To say I was relieved was an understatement, so very many thanks again.

M. Yeomans

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