Christmas light switch-on, saving money and council chief exec - This weeks Redditch Standard letters - The Redditch Standard

Christmas light switch-on, saving money and council chief exec - This weeks Redditch Standard letters

Redditch Editorial 2nd Dec, 2023   0

THIS weeks letters to the editor.

‘Ashamed at new policy’

OUR wonderful, inclusive and welcoming country gets closer to fascism every day that the current Government is in power.

The Tories make me ashamed to be English.

Shame on Rachel Maclean for thinking the new Illegal Migration Act is in any way acceptable to anyone with an ounce of empathy or human decency.

Nigel Braithwaite

Headless Cross

‘Wonderful time’ 

I HAVE to commend Redditch BID for the fantastic Christmas light switch on.

For once it was lovely to see the town in a happy mood, and everyone coming together with festive cheer.

I am sick and tired of reading how unhappy people are.

We should all continue to support the good work the BID do in the town and the events they put on.

The crowds were enormous and I hope that the local businesses we have in Church Green benefitted.

Kevin James,


‘Redditch band were brilliant’

THE CHRISTMAS light switch on Saturday was brilliant.

A young band called Dakota stole the show, 16-17 year olds performing a mix of rapping and R&B in a polished act.

They got a great response from the crowd and the compere said he was blown away by how good they were.

I hope we see more of them in Redditch.

Ray Whitehouse


‘Thank you for the meal’

ON Friday November 25 my friend and myself (both octogenarians) went to the Mount Everest Restaurant, Studley, for our once-a-month curry.

After a very pleasant meal we went to pay and, to our surprise, we were told that the bill had been covered.

A gentleman, unknown to us, sitting at an adjoining table had settled our bill before he left.

What a wonderful surprise.

We have no way of finding out who the gentlemen was and so we hope that he reads this as we would like to say a very big “thank you”for his most generous gesture.

Mrs M A Hay


‘Get in touch’

I AM writing to thank you for publishing our article about the work we are doing to gather information about ISTEL and to enable ex employees to keep in touch.

Thanks to your article a number of people have contacted us with useful information.

Our Facebook group has seen a number of former ISTEL employees join us as a direct result of seeing your article.

If there are any other of your readers who would like to make contact with ex employees or learn more about ISTEL we would love to hear from them .

Please visit for more information .

Thank you.

Dave Handley


‘Tips for saving money’

WITH Christmas coming up and presents to buy, this is a good time to think about simple ways to save a bit of money and water use is one of them and savings can be had.

Customers could see a saving on their water bills, just by taking a few really simple steps to reduce their water use, like cutting a shower from 10 minutes to five, and only running the dishwasher when its fully loaded.

There are a range of free ways that Severn Trent can support customers, too.

Our Vyn app lets you send a video of a suspected leak on a toilet, tap or shower directly to one of our engineers who will come along to make a repair if they can.

You can also book a Home Water Efficiency Check, where one of our expert team will visit your home, have a chat about water use and leave behind some water saving information and fit products that could help cut down on daily water use, such as low-flow shower heads.

CCW hopes that by shining a light on some of these habits it can support people in making changes that will not only save water but also, in many cases, cut people’s water and energy bills too.

We’re investing billions of pounds into improving our network of pipes to cut down on things like leaks and bursts, but with growing pressures from climate change and population growth, we’re asking everyone to work together to make sure there’s plenty of water available whenever we need it.

Sophie Evans-Young,

Customer Demand Lead at Severn Trent

Who is going to be top boss?’

I HAVE recently heard of the retirement of Redditch Borough Councils Chief Executive.

Apparently Kevin Dicks retired back in June.

Redditch Council are left without a Chief Executive as they haven’t yet replaced him.

So when faced with council related problems that are not being resolved I wonder who is top of the tree and left accountable?

Can you imagine a business like Apple or Amazon not having a CEO in place. It beggars belief.


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