Steps taken to protect ‘unique’ street in Solihull

Campaigners have welcomed news that the council is to take a tighter grip on planning policy in one of Solihull’s oldest suburbs. In future, residents in part of Olton’s conservation area will need to get permission to make more minor changes to their properties. The new approach follows concerns that a series of alterations over…

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Touchwood wins prestigious award for excellence in Customer Experience

The team at Touchwood is celebrating after winning the Revo Ace Award for Customer Experience. The awards celebrate leading customer service in the retail property industry, acknowledging the people and places that provide the very best in customer experience. They reinforce added-value, set benchmarks for the industry and ensure widespread recognition of the sector. Touchwood…

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Cemetery extension ‘essential’ as Solihull burial site runs out of room

Options to expand a Solihull cemetery – which is set to run out of space in the near future – are being urgently investigated. A council report has reiterated recent warnings that the current Woodlands site will be full within five years, depriving residents in the north of the borough of their main burial space….

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Rethink on controversial cuts to advice services in Solihull

Controversial changes to a council support service in Solihull will be scaled back and subject to a trial period, following concerns about the impact on residents. Papers published earlier this month set out plans to reduce the operating hours of Solihull Connect, which advises on issues including council tax, housing and benefits. While the council…

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Fight is on to stop Jaguar Land Rover building on Solihull social club

Hundreds of residents have backed a petition to save a Solihull social club and playing fields under threat of development. By lunchtime on Tuesday, more than 1,300 people had put their names to an online appeal, set up in support of the much-loved Land Rover Sports and Social Club. The Change.org petition had been launched…

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Carjacking at Tesco in Sheldon

A carjacking has taken place this afternoon (20 May) at Tesco in Sheldon. The incident happened around 2.40pm at the store on Coventry Road. An onlooker told SU: “Broad daylight carjacking just took place at Tesco in Sheldon. 3 or 4 people in balaclavas just stole a blue BMW, the driver was attacked but managed…

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New Leader appointed for Solihull Council

Last night at Solihull’s Annual Council, Councillor Ian Courts was elected as the new Leader of Solihull Council (Tuesday 14 May). Councillor Courts, who has been Deputy Leader since 2014, takes up the leadership role from Councillor Bob Sleigh OBE, who announced he was stepping down from the position in April. New cabinet portfolio holders…

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Solihull Post Office to close

Solihull Post Office is set to close on 13th June 2019 and will be relocated within WH Smith. The Mell Square post office, which has been situated in the town centre for over 50 years, is included on a list of 74 designated for closure across the UK.

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What major HS2 high speed rail plans mean for Solihull

After almost a decade of debate, 2019 is the year that activity around the HS2 rail link has stepped up a gear in Solihull. Senior councillors and highways officers are in regular dialogue with the project’s management team, while opponents of the scheme are unhappy to see the arrival of contractors at sites around the…

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Solihull Mayor visits Troop Aid

On Monday 8 April, the Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Flo Nash visited local charity Troop Aid’s Shirley headquarters. Troop Aid is a charity that provides the basic essentials in an Emergency Pack to all British servicemen and women who find themselves in a hospital bed both in the UK and overseas. This emergency pack is…

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