I can’t promise to always be this quick off the mark (I have other things to do you know – don’t laugh) but following a message I received from Elaine and reading the discussion thread on Facebook, I have penned a hasty email to Cllrs Wade and Ferguson thus:
There has been a fair amount of discussion on social media and on madwblog about the barriers on Northfields Way. On the whole everyone is happy that there is to be some sort of barrier. Quite a few residents have questions though and I wonder if you would be able to take some time to answer them?
This comment is from Elaine to madwblog.
“Love your posts, don’t stop!
however on a serious note, sorry, the barriers in Northfield…. why not landscape? build the edges up to form a bank then plant trees. wild areas, make it part of the common ground…. money…. yes I know. However, the boulders or whatever they are going to put there, will look unslightly, and I wonder how long it will take before the residents whose houses back onto that bit of road will start complaining about children skate boarding, playing football, and generally being children…. hey ho”
On the Clayhanger now has a Community Centre page, four main questions have been raised and discussed:
1. Does there need to be notice given that the barriers will be in place? A Traffic Regulation Order?
2. Where exactly will the barrier be placed?
3. What will happen to the ‘dead’ area behind the barrier? Can it be developed?
4. There are concerns that travellers and loitering will just occur in front of the barrier rather than at the end of Northfields Way potentially causing more disruption.
In the interest of open communication, I think Clayhanger residents would really appreciate your time in responding to their concerns, as the news that the barriers are to be put in place has come out of the blue and the feeling that I get is that they would like to be included in the decision making process.
This email will be copied to madwblog as more residents may want to comment. If you would like to follow the blog and find out what the Clayhanger electorate think and are discussing, please search madwblog.com or click like on the Facebook page.
I look forward to hearing from you both.
I hope followers of madwblog don’t object to my boldly mailing our elected repsentatives and paraphrasing comments posted to Facebook. Madwblog isn’t about representing Clayhanger, it’s about sharing information and communicating. Please do tell me if madwblog has overstepped the mark.
Madwblog has no special access to Cllr Wade and Cllr Ferguson. Their email addresses are freely available on the council website as is a whole host of other information relevant to Clayhanger and Walsall at large. Great cure for insomnia…