How Solihull plans to reduce air pollution

Pressure to do something about air pollution is growing at both a national and local level. Solihull Council’s draft clean air strategy, to be discussed this week, describes high levels of harmful substances in the air we breathe as “a significant public health issue”. The five-year action plan acknowledges that poor air quality can increase…

Continue reading »

Remembrance Day van thief jailed

A van thief who crashed into a village war memorial on Remembrance Day has been jailed − as West Midlands Police releases dash-cam footage showing the incredible lengths he went to in a botched bid to evade cops. https://youtu.be/rFdaXuWSDw4 Grant Gold stole the Ford Transit from Lundy View, Kingshurst, at 1pm on 11 November last year…

Continue reading »

Businesswoman financed huge cannabis farm after renting £2m Solihull property

A businesswoman is facing jail after financing a huge cannabis operation in a rented £2million farmhouse on the outskirts of Solihull. Now a judge at Warwick Crown Court has warned Lisa Scotney and two co-accused that they are all facing ‘substantial’ prison sentences ‘measured in years.’ Scotney, 54, of Broadway North, Walsall; Shaun Wilkinson, 49,…

Continue reading »

Council tax hike planned for Solihull’s empty homes

Some empty homes in Solihull could see a council tax increase of up to 300 per cent as part of a push to get vacant houses back into use. Plans are being drawn up to impose new premiums on those properties which have been unoccupied for the longest periods of time. With increasing demand for…

Continue reading »

Tributes to man killed in Castle Bromwich collision

The family of a man who died following a three-car collision in Castle Bromwich say he was a ”friend to many who will be missed forever”. Ross David Williams suffered a serious head injury when his Peugeot 207 was struck on Collector Road, near the junction of Lanchester Way, at around 8.25am on Friday (11…

Continue reading »

Urgent meeting requested over future of Solihull’s Citizens Advice service

Opposition parties in Solihull have requested an urgent meeting – amid fears over the future of the borough’s Citizens Advice service. A joint letter from the Green, Liberal Democrat and Labour groups has been sent direct to council chief executive Nick Page, following recent news the advice service is due to lose almost two thirds…

Continue reading »

Local MP calls special debate on Jaguar Land Rover

Solihull MP Julian Knight will open a special Westminster debate on the current challenges facing Jaguar Land Rover on Wednesday 16th January. A spokesperson said: “He will take the opportunity to explain to MPs the underlying causes of the recent problems at the Lode Lane plant, and set out the practical steps the Government can…

Continue reading »

Solihull Mayor opens extra care living scheme

The Mayor of Solihull has opened a £7million extra care living scheme in Chelmsley Wood. Solihull Community Housing staged a special ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the official opening of Saxon Court, a 51-unit state of the art development. The Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Flo Nash, said: “Providing supportive accommodation that meets the needs of…

Continue reading »

Thousands fined for driving in Solihull bus lane

Thousands of drivers continue to be slapped with fines for using a Solihull bus lane. In a six month period, 2,944 penalties were issued to vehicles which had ventured into the specially designated route along Lode Lane. Road chiefs have said that a total of £48,569 had been raised through these fines, which were dealt…

Continue reading »

New Solihull Council policy to tackle abandoned vehicles

Solihull Council has launched a new policy aimed at tackling those who abandon motor vehicles in a public place. A SMBC spokesperson said: “Ensuring a vehicle is taxed or disposing of an unwanted vehicle is the owners’ responsibility. “Under Solihull Council’s policy anyone found guilty of committing such an offence can be fined up to…

Continue reading »