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THE VILLAGE VIEW

Posted on May 30 2017 at 12:21:10 0 comments

It feels as if this is the umpteenth time we have started this column saying that The Village has no political axe to grind, apart from believing there is no place for petty, party politics in local government: but it is election time again, so here we go again . . .

Lawton’s View

Posted on May 30 2017 at 12:33:51 0 comments

JUNE 2017

Lawton's View June 2017

Cofton traffic ‘death trap’

Posted on May 30 2017 at 3:27:05 0 comments

Firstly, I would like to thank Cofton Hackett parish councillors for all their hard unpaid work looking after the area over the years.

Cofton Hackett: the new Silverstone

Posted on May 30 2017 at 12:20:10 0 comments

Good to hear about the new Brands Hatch circuit at Groveley Lane, but the real experiences belong to the up and coming circuit on the Barnt Green Road and the new extension at Kendal End.

Lack of lifts is discrimination

Posted on May 30 2017 at 12:19:10 0 comments

Would someone please be able to let us all know when the long-dreamt-of disabled lifts are due to be installed at Barnt Green railway station?

Mystery plant: can Mary help?

Posted on May 30 2017 at 12:18:10 0 comments

Can I just say how much I enjoy Mary Green’s feature on the plants of our local area and their uses each month.

Thank you from Charlie

Posted on May 30 2017 at 12:18:10 0 comments

I would like to thank all those who voted for me in the recent county council election.

Left fuming by afternoon bonfire

Posted on May 30 2017 at 12:17:10 0 comments

On a Saturday afternoon, when I had a full line of washing out, including the kids’ school uniforms, this is what I noticed out of my window.

Invest in a maypole

Posted on May 30 2017 at 12:17:10 0 comments

Never mind the public toilet; thinking about May Day, why don’t we invest in a maypole for Barnt Green and the surrounding villages?

Sad to see Edwin go

Posted on May 30 2017 at 12:16:10 0 comments

I was very sorry to read in the news round-up (The Village, May 2017) that Edwin Gumbley had resigned from Barnt Green Parish Council.

County needs more of Charlie

Posted on April 30 2017 at 12:20:13 0 comments

It was so refreshing and uplifting to read your latest edition, not only for its diversity of local articles and information, but for the fact that we have finally got a positive-looking independent candidate without a political axe to grind, hoping to stand as County Councillor representing Alvechurch Parish and Wythall South in the forthcoming May elections.

Cofton’s been short-changed by council

Posted on April 30 2017 at 1:19:13 0 comments

I refer to Councillor Richard Deeming’s letter last month (“Traffic scheme ‘foisted’ on village”) highlighting the problems encountered by the residents of Cofton Hackett with the traffic-calming measures on Groveley Lane.

In favour of ‘child’ bollard

Posted on April 30 2017 at 1:18:13 0 comments

My grandson attends Lickey Hills Primary School. Having read in April’s Village Views the letter “Bollard is a distraction” from a Lickey resident, surely anything to slow down the speeding traffic on Old Birmingham Road has to be good.

Cofton Hackett? More like Aintree or Brands Hatch!

Posted on April 30 2017 at 12:18:13 0 comments

You are now entering Aintree racecourse – sorry, Groveley Lane, or that’s what we thought when the white picket fences went up.

Bollard is there to slow traffic

Posted on April 30 2017 at 12:16:13 0 comments

I’m not convinced that the bollard outside Lickey Hills Primary School is there to deter parking. I think it is there to send out a message to approaching drivers: “child, slow down.”

No evidence of demand for loo

Posted on April 30 2017 at 12:15:13 0 comments

I’m grateful to David Barton of Weatheroak for recognising comedic talent in his letter last month, “Village does not need a new loo”, which asked “are Hotham, Gumbley and Briggs a comedy act?”

Lack of parking hampers trade

Posted on April 30 2017 at 12:09:13 0 comments

The difference between Alvechurch and Barnt Green village centres is that one is vibrant and bustling with a good choice of shops, all occupied and trading well, and the other has empty premises and limited choice.

THE VILLAGE VIEW

Posted on April 30 2017 at 12:23:17 0 comments

Can you believe the cheek of Birmingham? Our big city neighbour wants to use our green fields for housing, while keeping its open spaces free for the good of its citizens.

Lawton’s View

Posted on April 30 2017 at 12:15:15 0 comments

MAY 2017

Lawton's View May 2017

Cobbs Barn ‘lorry park’ an eyesore

Posted on March 30 2017 at 2:44:42 0 comments

Have you had any comments on this wagon, which is permanently parked just off Cobbs Barn Island in Alvechurch?

Bollard is a distraction

Posted on March 30 2017 at 2:39:42 0 comments

Have other villagers spotted the new child-shaped bollard outside Lickey Hills Primary School on Old Birmingham Road?

Lawton’s View

Posted on March 30 2017 at 3:28:43 0 comments

APRIL 2017

Lawton's View April 2017

Council ‘disregard’ for residents

Posted on March 30 2017 at 2:23:42 0 comments

I am a resident of Kendal End Road and would agree wholeheartedly with the resident of Cherry Hill Road (“Lack of urgency in road closure”, March 2017)

It was nice while it lasted. . .

Posted on March 30 2017 at 2:22:42 0 comments

Reading the comments from several residents regarding the Barnt Green road closure, I would like to point out that I have also been inconvenienced with the diversions.

Yellow lines = faster traffic

Posted on March 30 2017 at 2:21:42 0 comments

I write in response to the March Oakalls article, “Lines and Litter”. I am not entirely sure where your correspondent, Sarah Rees, lives, but I assume it is not on Green Park Road?

Traffic scheme ‘foisted’ on village

Posted on March 30 2017 at 2:19:42 0 comments

Work has now commenced on the traffic-calming measures scheme on Groveley Lane, Cofton Hackett.

High price for toilet

Posted on March 30 2017 at 2:10:42 0 comments

How interesting it was to read of the “Village toilet tussle” in the March issue.

Village does not need a new loo

Posted on March 30 2017 at 2:07:42 0 comments

In response to your March article “Village toilet tussle”: are councillors Hotham, Gumbley and Briggs a comedy act? 

Two-hour mystery

Posted on February 27 2017 at 12:03:22 0 comments

I am curious to know who has decided that the two long lay-bys near Hopwood services have been designated for two-hour parking only, and what the reasons are.

The big picture

Posted on February 27 2017 at 11:52:22 0 comments

Reading recent Village issues, I’ve been prompted to ponder on the so-called big picture.