The Countryside Around Sutton Coldfield
When I was a young lad living in Moreton, Wirral, not far from Wallasey and Birkenhead in those revolutionary days of the early 60s, I would spend many an hour out in the fields around where I lived, not too far from Bidston Hill. When I look back now I wish I had owned a camera to take pictures of what has now long gone and disappeared from the memories of most. Now, in my late 50s, I settled in Sutton Coldfield in the early 90s and can already see that which was beautiful, is rapidly disappearing under the threat of the ever greedy developer and even greedier council of the People's Republic of Birmingham! A field does not generate taxation, but an area full of miniscule throw up housing does! Especially when the new occupant pays 6 figures for a £10,000 cost property of breeze block and prefabricated sections. So, I have decided to capture what I can, when I can, so that people can look back from their concrete jungles of the not too distant future and remember what the fields nearby used to look like before the Council take it all away in their vision of housing - EVERYWHERE! Remember, an empty field does not generate income to the council, but a housing estate does!! Go out now with your cameras and record for your grandchildren what this area once looked like because once its gone ....................... this first batch were taken on 14th June 2005 around the fields of Fox Hollies, ASDA & Homebase in Minworth and Springfield Road. The batch taken on 31st July covers Springfield Road, Lindridge Road, Holly Lane, Grove Road/Ox Leys Road Crossroads, Bumble End Barn, Wiggins Hill Road and Bull Lane in that order. On 12 Nov 07 I went along, past Walmley, to Plantsbrook Nature Reserve opposite Pype Hayes Park; images below.
May 1 2013
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