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Your Letters: MS, the local plan, Kents hairdressers and more

Solihull Editorial 8th Nov, 2020   0

I AM writing in response to a recent letter announcing the closure of Kents Hairdressers in Popular Rd, Solihull. I have been a customer of Kents in Solihull for nearly 40 years and remember when it was located on Station Road.

My sympathy goes out to all the welcoming and friendly staff there whose job loss must have come as a terrible shock at this tumultuous time.

My memories of Kents will be particularly Dave Phipps, my ever-cheerful regular stylist for all those years, who only recently retired after serving over 50 years with the company.

This is very much an and of an era in Solihull town centre in these continuing uncertain times.

D B Greaney, Dudley

I WAS shocked at your story last week about Mr Graham Brown, the man suffering with multiple sclerosis yet left without proper physiotherapy to keep his muscles working properly (Solihull Observer).

This is nothing short of a disgrace, and on many levels.

First that it is left up to the local branch of the MS Society alone to fundraise for local sufferers.

Secondly that Mr Brown seems to have ‘slipped through the net’ of the health service.

And thirdly that the government has not stepped in to help charities like the MS Society who are saving this country billiions of pounds through unpaid care.

What do we pay our taxes for?

Shame on them all.

T Howard, Shirley

POOR old Councillor Courts being pilloried over the Solihull Local Plan (Solihull Observer).

What’s he supposed to do? He’s got 15,000 homes to shoehorn into the borough and they’ve got to go somewhere.

They can’t go in North Solihull because that’s chock-a-block already which means other places will have to take a hit.

15,000 homes is the size of a small town, and I’m trying to think of any brownfield sites big enough to take that many.

He’s absolutely right when he’s says flashback 50 years and there were fewer houses.

Too true and I bet a lot of what’s been built since has been on green belt land.

You can’t make an omelette without crackign a few eggs. Let’s move on and get the thing passed.

R Wilson, Marston Green

MORE than 130,000 people live with MS in the UK, and many rely on services like physiotherapy, speech and language therapy and exercise classes to stay active, manage their condition and do the everyday things many others take for granted.

But the MS Society’s new report “Too Much To Lose” shows that since lockdown began, 7 in 10 people (69%) with MS couldn’t speak to a rehabilitation professional when they needed to. Without this support, people with MS are losing their mobility, their confidence and their independence.

Readers can help by asking local health leaders to pledge their support for better access to rehabilitation for people with neurological conditions like MS. For more information, visit

Name and address supplied

THE proposed Solihull Local Plan includes using extra land for more housing.

Huge current Immigration is the main driver for that extra need yet our Solihull MP fails to respond when repeatedly asked to comment on Boris’s plan to allow three million Hong Kong Chinese to settle in the UK soon.


D Hartley, Elmdon Heath

I AM appealing for used postage stamps which help me raise funds which I then donate to the Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Recycling used postage stamps is such an easy way to raise money for the charity and I am always in need of all types of postage stamps, including British, Foreign and Christmas stamps.

If you are able to help I would be grateful if you could cut the stamps from their envelopes (leaving approx 1cm margin around the stamp) and send them to the address below.

M Chave, PO Box 91, Virginia Water, Surrey, GU25 9AR

If you would like to contact me my email address is [email protected]

THE coronavirus pandemic has made people reflect on the fragility of life, and understandably, solicitors have been inundated with requests from people looking to get their affairs in order with an up-to-date will.

At Will Aid, the charity will-writing campaign, we recently carried out a survey which revealed that coronavirus has prompted more than 55 per cent of Britons to think about how best to protect their loved ones after they are gone.

This month solicitors around the UK will be offering to produce this important document in exchange for a voluntary donation to Will Aid.

Will Aid Month happens every November and encourages people to get a professionally written will with the help of a solicitor.

Law firms volunteer their time and expertise to write basic wills, waiving their fee, with clients being invited to make a voluntary donation to Will Aid instead.

Donations support the vital work of the nine partner charities. (ActionAid, Age UK, British Red Cross, Christian Aid, NSPCC, Save the Children, Sightsavers, SCIAF (Scotland) and Trocaire (Northern Ireland)).

To find your nearest solicitor or for more information, visit

P de Vena Franks, Campaign Director

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