Thankfully I feel the weather may have put paid to a larger turn out but there were several hundred young people congregated on Tesco’s car park yesterday evening, from about 7.30pm. Those attending said there were about 2,000 but I thought it more like 1,000. However, the noise and associated problems caused annoyance to local residents and people attending the petrol station. My last post regarding this issue can be found by scrolling down to 19 July.
I start by stating there was no violence or threat of such. Yes, those attended may not have realised they were causing problems for local residents, but even though I want them to go away and leave us in peace I do not want to demonise them all. For instance, the owner of the vehicle making the very loud noises was sought out by PC Roberts (WMP) who asked him over to myself and local resident Alex Insley. The lad was very apologetic and did not appreciate the inconvenience he and others were causing. I asked him where he was from and he told me he lives in Uttoxeter. Most who gather on the Tesco/Notcutts car park come from far and wide. I have posted a video highlighting the noise here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ej64WS6b7eQ
The police were in attendance but with so few staff available on an August Bank Holiday Sunday they naturally held a watching and evidence gathering brief. What I did notice was the amount of people that went to the local petrol station and nearby McDonalds for refreshments/toilets. It is not inconceivable to ask that these premises are closed when such gatherings occur in future.
My petition is before the council and I know the only sustainable measure for the borough is to join with Birmingham City Council to ban these sort of gatherings in Solihull and Birmingham. It seems the rest of the West Midlands authorities have a similar bye-law; this is probably why they come to Solihull and parts of Birmingham. Following meeting towards the end of this week I will update local residents and readers of this website.
I hope this post is usual to viewers.