Amazing how a year can fly past. It is already September but it seems like only yesterday that we were anticipating summer. Kids back to school, holidays now just a memory, travel plugs back in that drawer and plans to be made for Christmas. Even our politicians will soon be back at work, for a couple of weeks at least. I wonder which bit of our lives they will want to fiddle with next? I suspect that the majority of us carry on and survive in spite of politicians not because of them. I think we are lucky in Walmley in our choice of city councillors regardless of their political affiliation. They are very much hands on and supportive of our efforts in the New Hall Valley. Recent work on the boardwalk rebuild has been part funded by the Community Chest, with our application endorsed by all three or our Newhall councillors. Other developments in the valley are as a result of the boardwalk fire earlier this year and have emerged from discussions with the emergency services. For example, the bridges over the brook are now painted in bright colours so that should a member of the public wish to phone in an incident requiring the attendance of Police, Fire or Ambulance the colour of the bridge nearest will be an easily communicated location. Also, the entrance under the rail bridge in Ebrook Road has been identified as the best way into the centre of the valley. A couple of sharp corners have been widened and strengthened and some overhanging brushwood cut back to facilitate the passage of any emergency vehicles. All of this work has been done by the Community Payback team. A great example of justice being seen to be done and completed to our advantage. Many thanks to them all.
Finally, have you got on your bike yet? The new part of the cycleway is now open from Penns Lane through to Eachelhurst Road and is an easy level ride or pleasant walk. Like I said earlier, we are lucky in Walmley. Enjoy.
Jeff Gilbert – Jeff’s Useful Shop