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

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

Solihull Editorial 20th Jan, 2019   0

Cllr Joe Tildesley says “Solihull is delighted to be hosting a key section of next year’s Velo”. I think he meant to say “Solihull Council is delighted etc.”; Solihull residents are not so delighted, as we will face something akin to house arrest on that Sunday.

Most of the ways in and out of the ‘ring of bikes’ will be congested motorways, so lots of grannies may have to do without a visit.

In addition, the Velo website has yet to post detailed road closure maps despite claiming that it has. For example, will the Stratford Road be open or closed at the junction with Tanworth Lane and Shakespeare Drive in Shirley?

Why should we face serious disruption to our lives just so a few people can pursue their hobby while others make money from them? Next time a prospective councillor knocks on my door asking for my vote I will have an extra question to ask him. We should copy the example of Worcestershire CC, which having once hosted it has now refused to do it again.

Dr Dave Kimber



Jean Hamilton, secretary of the Elmdon Park Support Group, reminds us of some of the wonderful opportunities that Elmdon Park offers to residents (‘Busy times ahead in the park’, 10th January 2019).

Another thing, which she doesn’t mention, is that it’s home to Elmdon Church, unsurprisingly known as “the Church in the Park”, where there’s a full programme of activities for children, young people and their families, both on Sundays and during the rest of the week – including Acorns, our Wednesday morning stay-and-play group for toddlers and pre-schoolers.

Readers can find more details of this and other events at www.elmdonchurch.org or on our Facebook page.

Revd Toby Crowe

Rector of Elmdon

How many more things can Jaguar Land Rover blame on Brexit?

I fail to see what a drop of 50% in sales in China has anything to do with Brexit. Sales of Diesel engined cars have been falling annually all across Europe, and elsewhere in the world, so why have JLR still been producing 90% of their products with Diesel Engines.

I think they should stop trying to find something to blame and realise that at some stage their sales are going to be restricted.

They can’t keep selling a small range of big cars and 4x4s to the same people, they need a bigger world market.

The infrastructure of the U/K won’t be ready to support mass sales of electric cars for many many decades to come, so I would suggest that JLR concentrate on making a smaller car about the size of a Ford Focus or VW Golf etc.

Brian Bates. Solihull

“For some time I had been collecting used postage stamps on behalf of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. Regrettably they have now stopped collecting them as the price they could get for them dropped to an uneconomical level.

Can I thank all those people who had been sending them to me or dropping them off at my house but ask you now to stop please. Thank you very much for your support over the last few years.

Many thanks

Martin Conlon

Shakespeare Drive


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