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Your Letters: Whatever happened to the Bordesley bypass plan?

Redditch Editorial 29th May, 2022

THE front page plea for action to be taken to end A441 traffic nightmare (Redditch Standard) could have been avoided years ago.

When the development of that area of Redditch was being pondered over, from what I recall there was a suggestion for a bypass to be constructed to take traffic from new development areas to the M42.

I also believe that a major developer was prepared to contribute to the construction of this highway.

These large developments always seem to go ahead without the infrastructure in place to accommodate them, and when it is put in place it is too late for our communities.

The other point of course is why build houses in the north and west of Redditch when all the new industry is in the east.

The east has a far better link road to the M42.

Just one more point: If the development at planning stage was seen to be necessary in these areas why not a consideration for a rail link at Bordesley between Redditch and Alvechurch.

MB, Redditch

AT FULL council on Monday, May 23 the Redditch Conservative group appointed two executive members without portfolio.

These members – Councillors Marshall and Harrison will receive an extra £4,732 each without having any extra responsibilities.

At a time when council finances are stretched the Labour group do not believe this is a worthwhile use of finances.

Coun Marshall seemed affronted at this, stating that she would be able to put forward her opinion on executive without having a portfolio.

Of course she has missed the point – it is not democracy to have an executive full of nodding dogs who never digress from a shared opinion.

She is being paid £4,732 to be part of an echo chamber.

The Conservatives have shown their contempt for fair debate by excluding the opposition from the executive group, but this will not deter us.

We are here to challenge, and that is what we intend to do.

Coun S Harvey,

Deputy leader of the Labour Group

AMAZING advice once again from the razor-sharp mind of our local MP last week.

It’s astonishing for how simplistic the answer to the cost-of-living crisis is!

According to Rachel Maclean, if you are having problems with your finances during this hard time, you just need to get a better job!

If only it were that easy.

However, I suggest that if she is finding her £80k per year salary (plus a good deal of expenses, of course) somewhat restrictive, that she should follow her own advice and get out of Westminster with all due haste.

Or even better – set an example, and get another job anyway; like many of her colleagues, she simply is not fit to be there.

How absolutely dare she come out with such – and I can’t write the word I want to use – nonsense!

M James, Southcrest

REGARDING last week’s Letters page (Redditch Standard) I agree with the comments from writers that yet again our hapless MP has embarrassed herself, following her woeful performance on Sky News.

But aren’t we missing the point? Rachael was elected on a promise that she would get maternity and child care services returned to the Alex.

As she has completely failed to do this shouldn’t she stand down and allow someone more competent to represent Redditch?

Regarding the £1million spent repaving the town centre, no one seems to have asked what state it will be in following the proposed demolition of the Library, as the only vehicle access to the site for the heavy equipment required to carry out the work will be over that paving.

Presumably we will the have to spend another £1m putting right the damage.

Surely the demolition should have happened first?

‘Terry’, Matchborough

WORCESTERSHIRE County Council’s Cabinet has been reshuffled.

County Councillor Mat Dormer, (who is also the current leader of Redditch Borough Council), has lost the portfolio for Library services. We’re wondering whether this will end his ‘dream’ of demolishing our building in the Market Place!

Mercian Square Watchers (who don’t want to see the creation of a ‘Matt Dormer Place’)

Addresses supplied

I AM acting on behalf of the authorities at the United Nations Memorial Cemetery Busan South Korea, where over 800 British servicemen are buried.

They wish to obtain photographs of those servicemen interred there and also of those who died but have no known grave – more than 200 soldiers.

Copies of the photographs will be placed in the man’s records and displayed at the Cemetery Hall of Remembrance for all time.

The following names are just some of the young men from the West Midlands area who gave their lives in the Korean War: Cpl Harold J Picken, Pte Derek Allman, Pte.Percy, J Smallshaw, Gnr Vernon, F.Bayley, Cfn Stanley J Amphlett, Cpl Ronald G Davies (RM), Gnr Harold Breakwell, Spr Ronald Harvey, Rea Kenneth P Jordan (RN), Fus Derek E Tamblyn, Cpl David N Fellows, Cpl Edward W Smith, Rfn Kenneth Fletcher, Pte Dennis N Barber.

Any family,or friend, who lost a loved one in the Korean War 1950-53,and would like to take part in this project can send the photograph to me. Brian Hough, 116 Fields Farm Rd, Hyde, SK143NP Greater Manchester.

If more details are required you can phone me on 0161 368 5622 or 07467 037742.

B Hough, Hyde

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