22nd Apr, 2021

This week's Bromsgrove and Droitwich Standard letters......

Bromsgrove Editorial 5th Feb, 2021 Updated: 5th Feb, 2021

County Council needs to sort out roads for bikes

IT is important to acknowledge that decent roads are more than just spaces for cars, but for bicycles too – if Worcestershire County Council wants to get serious about active transport, it should start with repairing the existing road infrastructure.

For too long, the road network in and around Bromsgrove has been congested, causing more air pollution and the infrastructure that does exist has fallen into disrepair.

We are calling for the highways department to carry out a review of the worst roads in Bromsgrove and produce a plan to bring them back into working order as soon as possible.

Furthermore, we are calling for the building of a western distributor road to allow traffic to bypass the town and wider district.

For too long, Bromsgrove Town Centre, Tardebigge and the outlying villages have been used as rat runs for those living outside the district.

Let’s sort it out.

 Jane Elledge – Labour candidate Bromsgrove Central

Coun Luke Mallett – Labour county councillor for Bromsgrove West

Coun Peter McDonald – Labour county councillor for Beacon

Coun Simon Nicholls – Labour candidate Alvechurch

Matthew Osbourne – Labour Candidate Bromsgrove East

 

‘Council officers Covid jab queue jumping is disgraceful’

IT IS very disappointing to learn that last week that Worcestershire County Council (WCC) Chief Executive Officer and one of his deputy officers appear to have jumped the queue and obtained Covid vaccines ahead of vulnerable and elderly residents of Bromsgrove and other districts around the county.

Their actions are a shameful abuse of their positions.

It is understandable that the vaccines have a short life and at the end of the day if people have failed to show up leaving spare vaccines available, rather than discarded they are given to priority frontline workers such as police officers, teachers and emergency service workers and others working in public areas.

It can’t be beyond the ability of these highly paid officers, working at home well away from frontline, to organise in conjunction with NHS a standby list of those genuine at risk council workers who could step in a short notice to take up any spare vaccines left over at the end of day.

Take for example our refuse and waste disposal – ater the recent holiday period our bin collection service in Bromsgrove was disrupted due to a Covid outbreak among the waste collectors.

Even with the best personal protection kit these staff must be the most ‘at risk’ while working.

Most residents rate our rubbish collection as the most valuable council-provided service.

What were these officers thinking of?

We are living in difficult times and have seen some poor examples of behaviour from our Government as well.

The vaccines are our hope for a return of something like normal and we just all have to wait our time.

Sean Shannon

Bromsgrove

 

Get behind Droitwich Spa FC and help bring football home

DROITWICH Spa FC is a real asset to our town and I encourage all residents to back the club’s campaign to bring football home to the town.

Growing up in Droitwich I have seen first hand the club’s stellar work.

DSFC plays an important role in the community by encouraging participation across a range of age groups and abilities, to improve the health and wellbeing of our residents.

At Wychavon I constantly bang the drum for Droitwich, and I am proud to be part of a council where investment in community infrastructure is high on the agenda.

Let’s all get behind the club and bring football home!

Coun John Hartley

Droitwich

 

Great experience having the AstraZeneca at Artrix 

I HAVE just returned from having my Covid-19 vaccine.

At 72 I was waiting to be contacted by my doctor but understood it could be a few more weeks before I got a letter.

I went on the NHS booking website, inserted my NHS number as requested and I was pleasantly surprised to be offered an appointment less than 20 hours after making the appointment.

I received a confirmation of the appointment on my mobile but even as I sat in the car park I was a little sceptical that it would happen.

Well it did and it was a painless and easy process.

All the staff and volunteers at Artrix were so friendly and helpful.

I was kept safely on the move and in and out within 10 minutes.

I was given the AstraZeneca vaccine so did not have to sit for 15 minutes in case of allergic reaction.

It was suggested that I sit in my car for 10 minutes before driving off, which I did although I was absolutely fine.

Just want to say a big thank you to all those concerned and I am relieved to have had the jab.

Although 72 and prone to chest infections I am not classed as vulnerable but I have taken it upon myself to shield myself as much as possible.

If you are over 70 and still waiting for a jab, I would advise you go onto the NHS.UK website and arrange your own appointment.

Annette Hinton

Bromsgrove

EDITOR’S COMMENT 

‘TOMORROW will be a good day’ – the immortal words of the inspirational Captain Sir Tom Moore.

Last year as we struggled to lift our heads from our pillows for another lockdown day, the image of the then soon-to-be centenarian was a beacon of light on the darkest days.

His tenacity and optimism epitomised the spirit needed to defeat this pandemic.

In his memory we must all continue to pull together and help each other until that ‘good day’ is reached.

We welcome your letters…..

What pressing issues do you feel need addressing in Bromsgrove, Droitwich, Rubery and South Birmingham? Send us your views to editor@bromsgrovestandard.co.uk

 

 

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