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

Sarah Mason 17th Nov, 2018

Regarding the women’s bike race in June, my own experience was not so entirely great as the Observer article would suggest.

I was a passenger on a Solihull to Coventry bus that was barred from proceeding round the traffic island at Meriden along with a number of other vehicles.

We were kept needlessly waiting there for 30 minutes while race marshals and a police motorbike went back and forth and while ordinary traffic from Fillongley Lane was allowed to happily drive off down the road we needed to go along.

After half an hour we had the great privilege of seeing a group of bikes appear and flash past the island and disappear in a matter of seconds, All the traffic was then graciously allowed to resume our journey along the public highway, What a totally high-handed and unnecessary imprisonment of innocent members of the public for no valid reason whatever. Absolutely disgraceful.

D Hartley

Solihull

Why do we have councillors?

Some time ago a dreadful planning application was submitted and passed next to our house.

The Covenent in place was disregarded, however a neighbour found an old one that sent the proposed developer away. There is now a single house under construction as opposed to the original two. We made no objection.The councillor concerned would not help.

Now my wife has smashed her shoulder falling in Knowle on cracked and sunken slabs and requires a new shoulder.The councillor concerned referred me to the chief of the council as it was not for the council to deal with but their Insurers or solicitors who specialise in claims.

I thought councillors voted by us into office were to actively help us not just pass us on.

I appear to be wrong.

John Salisbury,

Solihull

The Solihull Observer has on numerous occasions reported the warnings from companies such as JLR that a hard Brexit will lead to job losses and plant closures in the auto – industry.

‘’Respecting’’ the referendum result does not mean the government has a free hand to agree any deal on Brexit irrespective of the cost to jobs and businesses.

On the contrary, leave voters were promised that our exit from the EU would mean Britain would gain control over our laws, money and borders and provide greater prosperity.

However, all the signs are pointing to a deal that is half in and half out. We will be having to continue accepting EU laws but give up our rights to have a say on what those laws are.

Surely, if it is not the deal people were promised, the people should be allowed the final say on whether to accept it or to retain the full benefits of our membership of the EU.

Our neighbouring MP, the out- spoken Jess Phillips has just announced, out of respect for her constituents, she will now join the growing demand that the people who elected her should have the final say on Brexit. Isn’t it now time for our Solihull and Meriden MP’s to also make the call for the people of Solihull to be given the final say on what will have such a profound effect on our future security and prosperity.

Phil Beyer

Solihull Labour Party member.

When the Small Changes charity shop was broken into on the 31st October, there was outrage locally. But words of condemnation became actions as the Lyndon rallied round.

A crowd funding campaign was launched and a collection held in the local pub. People came to help clean up and donations flooded in. This weekend a local man gave up his Sunday to fit CCTV and a burglar alarm.

Whilst the catalyst was not good, it’s been incredible to witness the community rallying round to get the shop back on its feet. It just shows, what a difference we can make, when we all come together.

Kathryn Thomas

Liberal Democrat Candidate – Lyndon

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