WHAT is happening with our local taxis? I don’t drive but still enjoy a night out in the evening.
Getting into Redditch is no problem using the bus services, but as we all know, getting home again is another matter.
I like to support our wonderful Palace Theatre now it is fully open and go there almost every week (twice this week!).
Before the pandemic there was always several taxis waiting at the back of the theatre outside the Queens Head pub.
However, since the Palace re-opened last September this appears to have stopped?
I am usually alone, no spring chicken, and now find myself having to walk up to Unicorn Hill.
This is both cold and unnerving…just what you don’t want after a lovely night out.
The Palace is often sold out with 450 people emerging around 9.45pm, a lot of them wanting taxis home.
I have raised this more than once, when I have finally managed to get into a taxi but it hasn’t improved.
Why has this happened? Please re-instate this service for us single, non-drivers particularly.
J L, Redditch
REGARDING 20mph limits (Redditch Standard).
I currently use an electric moped to go to work in Batchley.
It is limited to 30mph, I am constantly being overtaken by cars whilst I am doing 30mph on the current 30mph speed limit roads.
The councillor for the area batchley/ Brock hill, greets this news as a really positive step.
If 30mph isn’t being enforced, what is the point of lowering the limit?
L Wright, Redditch
I AM in total agreement with your Editorial – it is time to reduce the speed limit in residential streets Redditch Standard.
I live about mid-way along a cul-de-sac but the speed of some of the drivers is just plain crazy!
Some of the worst offenders, often in big SUVs, do not live in the road but ‘drop off and collect’ children from a registered childminder.
One Lady – big SUV – even knocked on my door to say my car (legally parked whilst work was carried out to my drive) ‘was causing an obstruction as vehicles had to slow right down to walking pace’!
I was obviously very sympathetic…
As always the problem is mainly about enforcement – West Mercia are better than many Police Forces on road safety, but without mobile average speed cameras and fines or use of mobile phone footage similar to dashcam evidence it’s difficult to obtain convictions.
Unfortunately you can’t rely on many motorists to ‘do the right thing’.
I Welch, Redditch
REGARDING the proposed solar farm in Stock Green (Redditch Standard) I would like to point out that David Powis is wrong in saying that the land to be used is grazing land.
I live right next to the land and the fields have not been grazed for more than 30 years.
The land is very wet during the winter and it is not possible to graze on it as it would become very muddy and the grass would be rejected. It is arable land which is ploughed and seeded every year.
Those of us who object to the land being used for a solar farm are not against solar energy, but the use of arable land which is much needed to help feed our country.,
J Gupwell, Stock Green
I WOULD like to say a massive ‘thank you’ to everyone for all the help and support everyone gave us with the 1st Brockhill wildlife project plant sale on Monday, May 2.
What an overwhelming success it was! We managed to raise an amazing £275.75!
This will go a long way to helping buy more bulbs, will flower seeds and trees for the autumn.
M Whitworth, Brockhill wild life project group
I WOULD like to thank the residents of Abbey Ward who came out to support me in the local election on Thursday, May 5 with the highest turnout in Redditch at 39.15 per cent.
I approached things locally as a soldier with the seven P’s which is a British Army adage that I amended to – Prior Planning and Preparation, Prevents Pretty Poor Performance – ex soldiers will know the amendment and chuckle!
I will remain grateful to the numerous volunteers and most importantly, the residents who put their faith in me who I intend to serve with commitment, loyalty, openness and transparency in making the lives of everyone in the ward better.
Finally, I would like to thank my opposition Jamie Walsh (Cons), for being magnanimous in defeat.
Formerly WO2 (CSM) S Khan
Now proudly Councillor S Khan
Abbey Ward, Redditch
I WOULD like to thank those who voted for me on the Batchley and Brockhill Ward, and to all in Redditch who voted Labour.
I would also like to thank the out going councillor, Gemma Monaco for her time given representing the ward, and to wish her the best in her future endeavours.
I would like to reassure all residents that I will continue my ethos of being a visual councillor representing everyone on the ward.
Here is to building a better, brighter, and more inclusive Redditch.
Councillor Joe Baker Batchley & Brockhill Ward