12th May, 2021

This week's letters: Town Fund bid, social distancing in Redditch and more

Correspondent 12th Dec, 2020

SEVERAL days ago, I took the trouble to report a local supermarket delivery driver who I saw drop a cigarette end.

It wasn’t easy doing it by phone, there were far too many multiple options, however I did eventually speak to a person – at a national call centre, located I think, in Scotland.

I also followed it up by providing the details in an email.

Far too many smokers think their fag ends aren’t litter.

Sadly, our town doesn’t have ‘Street Wardens’ to catch those anti social individuals and ensure they are fined and shamed.

Southcrest Resident

THE Towns Fund bid will be submitted by the end of Jan and I am very concerned about the lack of public engagement on it.

I would like to know how the council is going to engage with residents who were unable to participate in the online survey and will not be a part of the 12 virtual engagements which the leader of the council has mentioned on social media?

Also when will these 12 virtual public engagements be held?

Dr N Patel, Southcrest

DOES social distancing exist in Redditch? A stroll around Arrow Valley Park used to be one of life’s pleasures, now it’s a case of taking your life in your hands.

The paths are narrow, often crowded and with Covid and the current rate in Redditch, down right dangerous I’d say.

Add to that the paths themselves are in a pretty poor state so if a broken ankle doesn’t get you the chances are some dreadful airborne disease will.

T Wilkes, Winyates

OFTEN, I wonder why anyone bothers to raise safety concerns with the County Council, who allegedly are public servants.

In every case, their response is non-committal. They are totally blasé about situations that could be of real concern to any one of us.

My most recent concern relates to Rough Hill Drive. I wrote: “The road layout on Rough Hill Drive is somewhat complicated.

The road markings show the road to be single carriageway, with certain sections of dual carriageway, that need to be adhered to by drivers to ensure traffic is in the correct lane at different points on the route.

The problem is that there is a lack of reflective “cat’s eyes” embedded in the road markings.

On a dark, wet night, it is very difficult to make out the lines that delineate the various sections, even for someone, like me, who is very familiar with this section of highway

To keep motorists safe, “cat’s eyes” need to be embedded in the road on this specific route.”

The unsigned reply I received was: “Thank you for your enquiry. As a general rule cat’s eyes are not required on a lit road when the speed limit is 40mph. I am sorry I cannot help any further at this stage. The road will continue to be monitored on a month (sic) basis”.

OK. So, a possible 80 mph impact is nothing to be concerned about? Right. Got that. I’ll stop worrying.

C Ricketts, Winyates

I HAVE sent this letter to the Leader of Redditch Borough Council, Councillor Matt Dormer.

It was understood that you would be contacting me about the lack of courtesy of Redditch Borough Council’s Planning Department.

No communication has been received.

Politicians are dismayed that they are not trusted by the public and people do not involve themselves in consultations.

When people in the planning department think they are so superior to those of us who pay council tax, that they only have the right to ignore us with contempt, it is most offensive.

I wrote about the railway station development and have been completely ignored. This is in gross violation of the Code of Conduct published by Redditch Borough Council.

The railway thorough to Evesham and onto The GWR line to London Paddington should be re-opened.

HS2 is a complete waste of money and would involve passengers travelling by road from Birmingham New Street to the new station on Canal Road in order to travel on the new railway, assuming that none living in Redditch could afford the exorbitant prices likely to be charged.

Local people have knowledge that would be useful to the council if only officers did not assume that they were part of some elite with superior knowledge.

J West, Redditch

THIS year has been tough on every single one of us.

Scout Groups in Redditch are doing their best to help young people gain skills and find their place in the world. But some groups around the UK have told us they’re struggling to pay their bills and even keep the lights on. We can’t afford for that to happen. We won’t let it.

That’s why we’ve launched an epic new challenge – our Race Round the World. We’re asking everyone in Redditch to travel a mile or more (or do a project at home) and get sponsored for it.

Miles will be added to the total and help us get the 43,000 miles round the world. It’s about a lot of us, doing a little, to make a massive difference.

You can donate directly, or travel a sponsored mile (anyway you like) and support us in our mission to save our groups and Race Round the World. You can sign up in less than a minute at www.scouts.org.uk/raceroundtheworld

This is our moment to show how much we care; to show our solidarity and our friendship.

So join me on the startling line for the biggest race of the year.

Bear Grylls, Chief Scout

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