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25th Jun, 2021

Your Letters: The Foxlydiate, town centre parking and Covid-19

Correspondent 25th Jul, 2020

I AM concerned about the parking on the pedestrian area outside the West Bromwich Building Society and opposite the 3 Cooks Cafe.

I have seen up to five cars and a van parked there forcing pedestrians to walk in the road.

Last week I witnessed a lady in a wheelchair having to go in the road to get past.

Those drivers are very selfish – we have plenty car parks in Redditch.

Yes these people persist in parking in a pedestrian area maybe the newspaper could do a show and shame.

I have reported this to the council in the hope they will put a stop to it.

Also there are children and elderly there being put at risk as these vehicles reverse out .

Name and Address supplied

IT IS with deep regret that I have heard in the media that Covid-19 has put pay to, and played into the hands of the owners Whibread, who have used the excuse to not re-open the public amenity.

This long standing and popular social meeting place for the people of Webheath and Brockhill and surrounding areas will now be converted to provide housing.

Webheath is awash with new housing and let’s not forget Local Plan 4 and 2,650 houses at Foxlydiate as well.

Even though the Government statistics say we need less housing I have no doubt that this non designated heritage asset will be converted into more housing with the ensuing chaos.

Lest we forget the utter destruction of Webheath first started with the then controlling Labour Councillors passing the building on the ADR (Area of Development Restraint) down Church Road.

Since then it has become a free for all for different developers wishing to build on every inch of Webheath and Foxlydiate.

RIP Webheath and Foxlydiate.

M Cottam, Webheath

THE Pandemic is now over….

Or so you would think by the numbers of people now going back to a normal carefree life.

Warnings of a secondary spike are just scare mongering aren’t they!

Never mind the families who have lost loved ones, and the warnings from the government and scientific world…. Let’s carry on as though nothing has really happened.

Perhaps we need a little shock treatment, a regular reminder as we slip into our new state of euphoria.

Perhaps a weekly chart of the number of new patients, the total number of patients suffering with the virus and the weekly number of sad deaths.

Printed in this, our leading weekly newsheet, may bring people back to their senses and reality.

How about it editor?

Name and Address supplied

AT last the people of Redditch seem to be getting the message – it’s safer to wear a mask when in the shopping centre.

When the shops first started to open there was hardly anyone with a mask on.

Now people are at last getting the message, if a few months too late. but at least it’s a start.

I’m sure no one wants my germs, and I definitely don’t want theirs!

R Wilson, Greenlands

THE Chancellor is lashing out money to businesses perspective house purchasers like there is no tomorrow. Quite rightly you may say and I would not entirely disagree.

This April he gave me an extra £7.30 in my old age pension. Of course he immediately took back £1-43 in extra income tax. Now he has decided I can no longer have a free, over 75, TV licence, I will have to pay the BBC £3 per week. Thus by my reckoning I’ve got an extra £2-87 per week. What ever shall I do with my new found wealth?

I am glad that the Tories wish to level up. When will it start?

D Vincent, Winyates

CAN I just say how lucky we are to live in Redditch.

I walk around the Arrow Valley Park every Saturday and Sunday morning and it’s a wonderful place to be.

Lots of different people enjoying the ducks, geese and swans, the water (although I don’t fancy paddling in it myself) and the fresh air.

I can’t think of any other town of our size around the Midlands that has such a wonderful central facility.

P Anderson, Winyates

IT IS unacceptable for the government to sidestep the issue of social care workers pay with their announcement of a public sector pay rise that won’t include them.

Care workers are here to care and have been a stalwart of the Covid-19 front line. 24 hours a day, seven days a week our professional care home staff have continued to provide care under the most challenging of circumstance.

They – like their amazing colleagues in health – have done this with compassion, providing a lifeline for the most vulnerable across all our communities.

This has never been a low skilled job, and should never again be consigned as a low paid role.

We need the government to act now to ensure that each and every care worker is recognised and rewarded for their extraordinary work.

V Rayner, National Care Forum

THANK you to all those who have been litter picking you all are an inspiration and a big shout to the dedicated volunteers from the Rubbish friends group who are out everyday.

Hats off!

Dr N Patel, Southcrest

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