Speeding, Royal Mail and council houses - This weeks Redditch Standard letters - The Redditch Standard

Speeding, Royal Mail and council houses - This weeks Redditch Standard letters

Redditch Editorial 28th Oct, 2023   0

THIS weeks Redditch Standard letters to the editor.

‘Ridiculous speeding’

I AM writing on behalf of Central Ward residents who are absolutely fed up with speeding issues around the Southcrest area.

Every single month at Central PACT this is raised.




County councillors Clayton and Akbar have not attended for the last two meetings, but they will be fully aware residents are frustrated at the lack of progress in putting in any measures to control the issues or even assess the problem.

We see investment in other areas – speed bumps, digital speed displays and speed cameras – but the county council have put in nothing for our ward.


Plymouth Road, Mount Pleasant, Ivor Road and Salop Road have been the key focus at these PACT meetings.

There appears to be an unofficial race track around Southcrest in the evenings, where residents are frequently disturbed by the noise of speeding vehicles.

Several residents have suffered serious damage to parked cars and there have also been numerous accidents.

Local SNT reports they are unable to use speed guns at night, and their resources are incredibly stretched anyway.

I know back in May Rachel Maclean MP and Coun Clayton met with John Campion regarding speeding in Astwood Bank.

I would like to see Central Ward given the same level of attention. We have serious speeding problems too.

The whole of Redditch deserves the degree of commitment.

Coun Sharon Harvey

‘Council housing crisis’

I NOTE a report in the Standard this week claiming by Coun Craig Warhurst ‘the first new council house built since 1994’.

What was neglected to be said was over 600 housing association homes were built in partnership with Co-op Homes by the previous administration under Labour

It was 2018 when Theresa May lifted the ban for councils to borrow money for council house building.

Despite this and just as the Redditch Tories took over Redditch Council in 2018, they were left funding saved up by Redditch Labour to build council housing in Redditch.

Here we are five years later under Tory Coun Craig Warhurst’s lead.

The housing waiting list has grown significantly since 2018 and they’re celebrating handing the keys over to one family.

How long does it take to build a house yet there’s only been one finalised in five years?

Coun Matt Dormer, said: “Making more quality affordable homes available to people in Redditch is a priority for this council.”

Well it certainly doesn’t look like it to me

A Berry

Redditch Resident

‘What’s up with Royal Mail?’

ONCE again Royal Mail put the price of first class stamps up.

On Thursday, October 12, I posted two cards first class on the corner of the town at 11.30am, one was very important to me for my daughter whose late husband’s birthday would have been the October 15 to show her I would have been thinking of her, the card never got there until Thursday October 19.

I was very upset that the card took a week to get there.

I could have walked in less time and acted as a postwoman!

I understand people are also getting hospital appointments too late to keep the appointment.

What is going on with Royal Mail?

Mrs P Dally

‘Help those in need’

FOR the majority of people, the annual daylight-saving clock change is simply met with a light-hearted shrug and a set reminder to identify all the clocks you own to wind back an hour – don’t forget the clock on the oven!

While it can be a minor nuisance for the majority of people, for people living with dementia it can trigger anxiety, confusion and irritability.

Here are three top tips from Alzheimer’s Society to help people with dementia overcome challenges faced by the clock change:

Having a routine during the day and at bedtime can help regulate a person’s disrupted body clock. Doing regular activities at the same time each day – for example going for a walk after breakfast, can help a person with dementia make sense of the time.

Going outside in the morning, can help set a person’s body clock too, making them feel sleepier during the evening. If the person is unable to go outside, the same effect can be created by switching on a lamp or lightbox.

Alzheimer’s Society’s online shop sells various ‘Day and Night’ clocks which have all the features of a traditional clock, but also include simple day and night visual symbols to help people with dementia distinguish the time of day.

Too many people face dementia alone.

We want everyone affected by dementia to know that whoever you are, whatever you’re going through, you can turn to Alzheimer’s Society for practical advice, emotional support, and guidance for the best next step.

Dr Tim Beanland,

Head of knowledge at Alzheimer’s Society

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