Funding approved for Shirley

Solihull Council’s cabinet, last night (10 October), approved a plan for investment into Shirley town centre to help it meet the challenge of the changing nature of retail. The funds, £50,000 from the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) and up to £50,000 from Solihull Council, will support work to develop a new…

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Solihull residents urged to be alert to the ‘horrendous’ exploitation of children by drugs gangs

“Merciless” criminal gangs which exploit children and vulnerable residents have extended their reach into many parts of Solihull, a meeting has heard. Cllr James Burn, leader of the Green Party group, said he was “incredibly concerned” about the activities of so-called County Lines drug outfits and other organised networks. At this week’s Full Council meeting,…

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Birmingham and Solihull children set to benefit from new mental health support in schools and colleges

Children and young people at local schools and colleges are set to benefit from swifter and improved access to mental health support following NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) successful bid to secure funding to establish Mental Health Support Teams (MHST) within or near to schools and colleges. The MHSTs will become part…

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Unanimous backing for plan to tackle climate change in Solihull

Solihull Council has set a target of becoming carbon-neutral within 11 years, as part of efforts to tackle climate change. Councillors this week gave unanimous backing to a motion which committed the local authority to reducing greenhouse gases and air pollutants and working towards being “net carbon zero” by 2030. Cllr Andy Mackiewicz, the cabinet…

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No ‘pink doors with yellow spots’ for historic street in Solihull

Stricter rules for planning permission introduced in part of a Solihull suburb could be extended to other historic houses nearby. It has been agreed this month that measures to protect the character of St Bernards Road – requiring residents to seek approval for minor changes – would be made permanent. The tighter controls, initially introduced…

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Dog walker punched in the face during altercation at Solihull beauty spot

A dog walker was hospitalised after an altercation with a man at a Solihull beauty spot. The victim, a man in his 50s, was walking his dog in Elmdon Park on Tuesday evening (8 October) when he was punched in the face by another dog walker. Police say an altercation sparked the violent assault, which…

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Solihull roundabout ranked among Britain’s best – even though it isn’t round

A Solihull traffic island has been recognised by the UK’s Roundabout Appreciation Society (RAS) – even though it isn’t actually round. The group has picked the eight-sided feature, in Dickens Heath, as among its favourites from around the country. This means that it has bagged one of the select few slots on the pages of…

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New youth and community facility opening soon in Dickens Heath

On Tuesday 8 October, Solihull Council received the keys to a new youth and community facility in Dickens Heath. The impressive construction has been completed by Wernick Buildings and their Contracts Manager, Charlie Miles, showed Councillor Ken Hawkins, Cabinet Member for Environment & Highways, around the new building before handing the keys over. Councillor Hawkins…

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Warning that Solihull communities risk missing out on HS2 grants

Solihull could miss out on money to fund a range of community projects if local groups fail to stake a claim to HS2 grants. The rail project has put aside tens of millions of pounds, with those living along the route able to bid for a share of the cash. However, there are concerns about…

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Blow for Solihull campaigners as ‘garden grabbing’ plan is once again approved

A “garden-grabbing” scheme in one of Solihull’s most expensive streets has been green lit, despite fears this “sticks two fingers up” to a previous court ruling. The plans to build five new homes at 21-27 Alderbrook Road have met with ferocious opposition from neighbours. The site has a long and complicated history; a development was…

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