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Bromsgrove Editorial 11th Dec, 2021

‘Rubery residents are being short changed by Bromsgrove District Council’

WE IN Rubery feel we are very low priority and parking on New Road is a considerable issue – all restrictions are ignored because we hardly see anyone from Bromsgrove Parking Enforcement issuing penalty tickets.

Our property backs onto The Avenue and we have problems with 40-tonne HGVs and shipping containers accessing our street from Callowbrook Lane.

It is a tight turn and the fencing to the A38 is often badly damaged.

One particular business who by the way has been trading for the past three years or so has erected a large freezer at the back of the main building.

This – to my knowledge – does not have planning permission yet Bromsgrove District Council has refused the retrospective application twice.

They take up to three deliveries on Saturdays but there is a five-tonne limit at any time on Saturday and Sunday.

Reports of these offences are generally ignored.

We feel they just patrol parking in Bromsgrove town centre at everyone else’s expense.

Susan Mallett

Richmond Road

Crossing badly needed at busy junction

WE DESPERATELY need funding for a crossing of some form on New Inns Lane at the Cross Farms Lane junction.

So many children cross this road on their way to numerous schools.

We live just by this junction and it’s very scary watching the children daily waiting for the gap in traffic to race over the road.

My heart is in my mouth every time.

Christine James

Coun McDonald stands up for Rubery residents on their concerns

COUN McDonald’s comments continue to echo the complaints and concerns raised by Rubery residents over a number of years.

It would be interesting to hear from Coun Kriss who was elected to represent the other half of Rubery.

Does he agree with Coun McDonald’s comments or does he believe that Rubery doesn’t need more investment and improvement?

John Lyndon

 

Hospital Trust needs to focus on the whole county, not just the Worcestershire Royal

RECENT headlines in the Standard ‘Trauma Patients moved from the Alexandra Redditch to Worcestershire Royal’ and in fact centralising and transferring many services to Worcester has been the core belief of the Worcestershire Acute NHS Hospitals Trust for years, culminating in their July 2017 Acute Service Review.

Consequently it is not surprising few people knew of the changes to be sprung upon us within 24 hours, let alone which hospital to attend. Hopefully Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust’s mismanagement has now reached its nemesis.

Prolonged waiting times at Worcestershire Royal, delayed admissions for many hours, have infuriated paramedics, the ambulance service and patients.

The Trust has only one solution – more centralisation of A&E services at the Worcestershire Royal and its recent planning application for a new ‘A&E Village’ on the Worcestershire Royal site having a budget of £15million.

Unfortunately land set aside set to allow 100 per cent expansion of the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch has been sold off by the Trust.

I suggest this sum, together with a further £15million already secured by local MPs, would better serve a campaign to train, recruit and employ what is needed – more A&E medical staff and not for more money to be spent on even more bricks and mortar at Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

Restore FULL A&E services at the Alexandra Hospital Redditch and provide FULL A&E services at Kidderminster Hospital locally where they are needed and meet the A&E demand proportionally across all three hospitals.

This will reduce pressure on West Midland Ambulance Service and much improve conditions for the exhausted ambulance crews and paramedics.

It would stop ambulances tearing across the county, saving fuel and energy and reverse these endless critical CQC reports.

Hospital services could be reintroduced to match those of many other NHS Trusts across England and in Worcestershire, an impartial trust management determined to instigate balanced hospital services across the county.

How else can this this fiasco be resolved?

E Rochester,

Redditch

 

Can you help give children in hospital a brighter Christmas?

BEING in hospital is difficult enough for any of us, but for children, being in hospital at Christmas, a time that should be happy, full of excitement and spent with family, can be heart-breaking.

Current restrictions mean children are only able to have one parent with them at a time, and are separated from brothers and sisters. It can be a very lonely time.

Having access to toys and fun things to do can help a child cope with the anxiety of separation and treatment, reduce the long-term emotional damage of serious illness, and bring joy back into their lives, and that’s exactly what children’s charity Starlight does.

Research shows over half of UK hospitals are without the budget or resources to make play happen for children in their care.

Toys Starlight provides can make the difference. They often go from being scared of tests and procedures, to looking forward to hospital appointments so they can play with the toys and the wonderful NHS play specialists.

We are urging your readers to support the charity’s Time to Play Christmas campaign, so we can raise vital funds to ensure all seriously ill children have the sense of escape, distraction, and joy of play in hospital, when they need it most.

Starlight is committed to providing essential toys, games and books to an additional 300 hospitals that don’t currently have play resources and are most urgently in need of our support, but we need your help.

Please visit www.starlight.org.uk/timetoplay to help us bring back joy into the lives of seriously ill children this Christmas.

Whatever you are able to give will be so appreciated.

Cathy Gilman

CEO

Starlight.

 

EDITOR’S COMMENT

WELL done to Alan Gormley and communities across Worcestershire for the amazing Coats 4 Streets campaign.

To amass 1,200 coats in just a couple of weeks is outstanding and has spurred on others to start similar drives to help the homeless.

The festive season is a time of celebration for most of us for some can be a cold lonely time.

Thankfully it also brings out festive spirit and generosity to give those in need a better Christmas and provide some light in the darkness.

We welcome your letters…..

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

 

 

 

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