Dear Editor – I share Councillor Hotham’s frustration and despair (Take this lottery win, The Village, December 2020/January 2021). This is yet again a typical example of local authorities, and even Government, kicking the can down the road.
From the plan shown, it would appear that the work involves a few signs and white lines. How can this possibly cost £10,000 and indeed how is it to be policed?
However, I would draw your attention to a report commissioned by the then Bromsgrove Rural District Council headed, a Historical and Architectural Appraisal for Alvechurch prepared by John Gedge TDFRIBA Chartered Architect and published in 1969. It makes interesting reading.
Briefly, nothing of any significance has been implemented (apart from the bypass, which was already scheduled) Subsequently, approximately 20 years ago The Village published my sketch proposal for traffic control and once again the problem of traffic identified at the time is being nibbled away with bollards etc, without addressing the main problem. Our democracy is increasingly showing that it is not fit for purpose.
Finally, I would mention that there should be no need for public consultation, that takes place in the ballot box; this form of public consultation would seem to me to effectively be anarchy.
David Barton, Weatheroak