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Your Letters: Seeing a GP, fly tipping and preserving Solihull

Solihull Editorial 13th Jun, 2021   0

THANK you for your recent article regarding fly tipped junk blighting the area (Solihull Observer).

Once again,the reporting of flytipping by inconsiderate people is again front page news.

I’m sure l read the week before about residents in Barston who had collaborated with good intentions of catching offenders in the act of such an unsociable and illegal operation.

They even had footage on covertly installed cameras which was reported to the police and Solihull Council which was never acted upon.

This is a dereliction of duty on both parties.

We’ve recently had some local elections and have had local councillors,coming out of the woodwork asking for our votes.

What have these people done about it?

They tell us how long they have lived in the area, how much they love the area, how their families live and work in the area and their children are schooled in the area.

But they are prepared to do nothing for the area.

If you ask me,they just dump verbal rubbish in the area.

M Perry, Solihull

I AM aghast at what is happening to Solihull.

I remember when people used to call it ‘the village’ – well that’s hardly the case now.

Solihull is a huge, sprawling mass and once this new UK Hub Central or whatever is built, out in the middle of some motorway intersection, it’s going to be even bigger.

Where are all the cars going to go?

It’s all very well touting electric cars, but electric cars take up road space too.

The M42 is chock-a-block most of the time now. You may be able to whizz down to London in the blink of an eye courtesy of HS2 but it’s going to take you half the day to get to the interchange station.

It just seems to me that Solihull has lost its head and is putting growth way ahead of the wellbeing of its residents.

How about taking your foot off the accelerator Councillor Courts and taking stock?

Okay, developers love Solihull, but so do its residents and although ‘the village’ may be gone, how about trying to preserve a bit of what we have left instead of chasing the mirage because developers always want more, and more, until they no longer want us at all, and then what are we left with?

G Hopkins, Solihull

A FRIEND kindly forwarded the detail of the meeting with Julian Knight over concerns regarding access to GPs within the borough. Strange how it becomes a matter of concern to two local Members of Parliament.

I complained, at the age of 83 years, some months ago about difficult access to GP services (after Covid ) and was politely told that both local councillors or our Member of Parliament had no jurisdiction over the running of the Solihull Health Partnership.

I have left SHP as result of my disgust at being told by a remote recorded voice message, that I was caller number ’42’ when trying to report a missing medication on my Patient Access medication listing.

It is strange how suddenly your paper can feature the concerns of our two local Members of Parliament, as if it is something new!

R Stubbs, B90

IN THE UK, we’re fortunate to have running water at our fingertips and food that can be delivered to our doorsteps. But many of the world’s poorest communities rely entirely on working animals to transport water and provide food, through ploughing and carrying produce to market.

Around the world, more than 200million working horses, donkeys, camels and elephants do the jobs of trucks, tractors and taxis in developing countries. These animals are a lifeline for poverty-stricken families and ensure basic necessities are available.

But all too often, working animals lack the food, water and vital veterinary care they desperately need.

At the animal charity SPANA (the Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad), we are carrying out emergency feeding programmes for malnourished animals and providing free veterinary treatment to working animals in 28 countries.

On International Working Animal Day, June 15, please support for these hardworking animals by visiting

Dr B Sturgeon, SPANA

LAST week was Volunteers Week and Macmillan Cancer Support would like to say an enormous thank you to all our incredible volunteers across the West Midlands.

We couldn’t be more grateful for our 792 volunteers in giving their time so freely to help people in the West Midlands with cancer, especially during this difficult time. Macmillan simply couldn’t do what we do for people affected by cancer without them.

This is undoubtedly been a very challenging time for us all, but our volunteers remain a massively important part of Macmillan. If you would like to find out more about our volunteering opportunities please visit

Talking about cancer can be tough, our cancer information and support specialists are here to help, whatever it takes. The Macmillan Support Line is a free and confidential phone service for people living and affected by cancer. Please call us on 0808 808 00 00 (7 days a week, 8am-8pm).

E Wilson, Macmillan Midlands



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