There’s been some fascinating discussion recently about the Veolia hazardous waste plant (formerly Effluent Disposal/Polymeric Treatments/Leigh Environmental/Sarp) in Stubbers Green. In the comment section of my post about the redevelopment of Brownhills Business Park, ‘The Effluent Society‘, regular and clueful commenter The Stymaster points out that a footpath runs through the site, which I must confess I’d never noticed before.
In relation to that, reader and local photographer Robert Selvey kindly sent me the above picture of the area in 1979, showing the former railway embankment and brickworks, now long gone. Robert had this to say about his picture:
The story is that I have always been interested in the railways and this shot was taken when I worked for the Walsall Observer selling advertising. My patch was Aldridge so I passed this site many times every week. I know it is a little off Brownhills but I thought you may like to see it in relation to the waste blog you have started. If you look to the left of the shot you can clearly see the path going up to the overbridge on the canal.
I have several shots of transport taken around Brownhills and immediate area, and still continue to snap away at anything and everything. Latest series have featured the maisonettes coming down, the market in its death throes, relics on the disused railway lines, Chasewater drained etc. A great excuse to get out and about.
The footpath and site can clearly be seen on google earth:
It can clearly be seen from Ordnance Survey mapping that this is a public footpath:
I’d like to thank Robert for his interesting and valuable contribution, and I welcome anything further either he, or any other reader may be able to contribute. I love the way that just by posting this stuff, we all learn a bit more about our shared history. If you have anything at all – it doesn’t matter how dull, obscure or irrelevant you may consider it to be – please do contact me. There must be a huge wealth of stuff out there to share.
That’s BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com.