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25th Jun, 2022

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

I often walk through the lovely Coldlands Woods surrounded by St.Helen’s Road, Naseby and Buryfield Roads – dense housing.

There are signs of large recent campfires – one right behind St Helen’s Church, and in the central woods where a bike track has been created.

The surrounding trees are scorched.

A stray spark and these beautiful, cherished woods will burn and it will affect all the resident’s in those roads whose homes back onto the woods.

It’s not possible to put CCTV cameras up in our parklands and woods – but SMBC or the Fire Department can put up significant warning signs not to light fires and the penalties they’ll incur.

If I was living around Coldlands Woods – I’d be petitioning asap to get SMBC Parks department to get the signs up – very large ones!

The same thing in Elmdon Park where I was today. It’s such a stupid thing to do – I had to write and say something.

It takes little for a fire to get out of control especially in such dry conditions. Parents – warn your teenagers. It seems obvious – but if it was – these fires wouldn’t have been lit.

And if you smell smoke – track down where it’s coming from and call the fire brigade. They’ll let the perpetrators know how irresponsible their actions are.

A concerned Solihull resident

Last week’s Solihull Observer is to be applauded for giving so much prominence to the looming crisis facing JLR.

The deal on Brexit is now only months away. Whatever is agreed will have a massive and lasting effect on the prosperity and quality of life for the people of the West Midlands.

The Solihull Observer quotes Solihull MP Julian Knight saying “we must work to achieve a deal which means we have as much frictionless trade with the EU as possible”.

Unfortunately, the amount of frictionless trade that will result from the government’s current Brexit plan will not provide the amount of frictionless trade that is vital to the success of JLR.

We can only achieve that by reaching an agreement with the EU that provides the same benefits as the current customs union.

Fear of Conservative Brexit ideologues have prevented the government adopting a pragmatic, workable approach to protecting our car industry.

The PM has ended up adopting a Brexit that satisfies no one. What if the only Brexit the government can deliver is one that destroys thousands of quality jobs and wrecks communities depending on those jobs?

Parliament should reject such a deal or the people should be given a vote on such a deal either in a general election or a referendum.

Phil Beyer Solihull Labour Party member

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