Road crash triggers renewed calls for action in Solihull street

A crash happened in a Solihull street just a couple of weeks after the council had rejected residents’ calls for traffic-calming measures. Last Tuesday’s two-car collision, on Rowood Drive, has sparked fresh calls for action to make the road safer. Back in April, more than 200 people had signed a petition demanding action, arguing the…

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Solihull school’s latest expansion plans to help cope with baby boom

A Solihull school has unveiled plans for its third expansion in just five years, to help meet the borough’s growing demand for places. Kingshurst Primary is moving to three-form entry and the proposed block, including a trio of classrooms, will help achieve this. The new building, on the existing School Close site, will also house…

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Fight to save ‘cherished’ Solihull sports and social club from bulldozer

The Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS) this month met the close-knit group which is battling hard to save a site which has been at the heart of a Solihull housing estate for many decades. David Irwin reports: It’s a sunny Monday evening in early August and the playing fields are being set out for the…

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Amelia and Pete set for Oxford as Solihull Sixth Form College hails superb crop of A-level results

Two students are heading to their dream places at Oxford after helping Solihull Sixth Form College to achieve an excellent year of A-Level results. The college scored 534 starred grades, classed as A* at A-Level and CACHE qualifications and distinction* at BTEC level. Amelia-Anne Carse and Pete Miller achieved a clean sweep of A* grades…

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Surgeries set to move to long-awaited North Solihull medical centre

A major new health hub in North Solihull is set to become fully operational within the next couple of weeks. The Smith’s Wood Medical Centre, in Burtons Way, forms part of the wider redevelopment of the “village centre”. Solihull Council approved plans for the two-storey building, which will house the existing Green Lane Surgery and…

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Marston Green streets set for tough new parking restrictions

Tough new parking restrictions are set to be introduced in parts of Marston Green, following concerns about village roads being clogged with commuters. Solihull Council has confirmed that both single and double yellow lines and several restricted parking zones will be rolled out to streets where problems have been reported. Common complaints include driveways being…

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Underground heat network plan for Solihull town centre moves forward

A pioneering plan to provide heat and power to buildings across Solihull town centre, through the creation of an underground network, has moved another step forward. Back in January the council had started drilling down to water some 300 metres below Tudor Grange Park, which experts hope can provide the all-important energy source. The first…

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Key Solihull routes set to be altered as part of HS2 rail project

Changes to some of Solihull’s busiest routes, which will pave the way for the #HS2 rail project, have been approved “in principle” by councillors. Following in-depth discussions between HS2 and highways officers, an application for alterations to the A452 Chester Road and A446 Stonebridge Road was brought to cabinet. The meeting was briefed on the…

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This is what the council is doing to make sure Solihull’s cemeteries are safe

Thousands of gravestones across Solihull have to be checked every five years to make sure that they don’t pose any risk to public safety, a new report reveals. The rolling review of the borough’s memorials – the largest of which are more than 2.5 metres tall – is designed to identify stones in danger of…

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Burglar’s blood helps WMP put him behind bars

A burglar is back behind bars after West Midlands Police were able to forensically link him to the crime from blood left at the scene. Simon Williams cut his hand on glass while smashing his way into a home in Anchor Lane, Solihull, overnight on 7 June. The 36-year-old fled with jewellery but a sample…

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