Street lights to be replaced on Solihull’s main roads

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Solihull Council has begun modernising thousands of street lights on the borough’s main roads as the second phase of its Street Lighting Replacement Programme kicks-off. Around 5,300 of the borough’s Mercury Blended Filament Unit (MBFU) street lights will be replaced with new, energy efficient LED lamps. The LED lamps provide a better quality of light,…

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Solihull teacher charged with sexual offences over pupil relationship

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A former teacher at Arden Academy in Knowle has been charged with sexual offences following a police investigation into alleged inappropriate conduct with a pupil. Christopher Wood, from Ceredigion in Wales, has been charged with inciting a child under 18 to engage in sexual activity by a person in a position of trust and two…

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Community project spruces up corner of Chelmsley Wood

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Solihull Community Housing recently joined up with Virgin Media to spruce up the garden of a local community. The gardens of Kingsgate House have now been transformed thanks to the efforts of this project. The horticultural project stemmed from a residents meeting where possible garden improvements were discussed. One green-fingered resident had maintained the garden…

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Join Hobs Moat Literary Litter Pickers and help rid the neighbourhood of rubbish

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A new community led litter picking group will be running from Hobs Moat library and meeting monthly from Tuesday 20th September. The group is open to anyone who wants to help make their area tidier – it will meet between 10:30am and 11:30am for their first session. After the group has been out tackling the…

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New school planned in Kingshurst

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Yorkswood Primary School in Kingshurst is set to be replaced by a brand new building. The school had been earmarked for refurbishment, but after consultation with the school, local people and other stakeholders; Solihull Council has revised its plans and is instead proposing to provide a completely new building. The proposal is for a single…

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Bulls Head pub houses life-saving defibrillator

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The Bulls Head at Barston is the latest location in Solihull to house a defibrillator and the first pub in the borough to have this life-saving device. It was provided by West Midlands Ambulance Service who trained staff and locals in basic life support and how to use the device last month. The defibrillator –…

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Shirley bridge under reconstruction

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Network Rail engineers are currently rebuilding a worn-out road bridge next to Shirley railway station. The bridge over the railway on Haslucks Green Road, a main bus route, is over 100 years old. If the bridge is not rebuilt buses will have to stop going over it – Network Rail has said it is keen…

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Queen’s Birthday Honours recipients welcomed by Solihull Mayor

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This week the Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Mike Robinson, met with residents of Solihull who received honours from the Queen this summer. In recognition of their achievements, the nine recipients and their guests met with the Mayor and Mayoress on 5th and 6th September and enjoyed afternoon tea in the Mayor’s Parlour of Solihull Council’s…

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Hospital trusts merge in bid to ‘improve care’

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University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB) and Heart of England (HEFT) Foundation Trusts have announced that they are going to work together to create a single organisation. The outcome will be one Trust running the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull hospitals, the Chest Clinic and Solihull Community Services, as well as the Trusts’…

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Former Solihull air cadet volunteers at Ghana school

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Alex Edwards, former Cadet Warrant Officer at Solihull 492 Air Cadets, has just returned from Ghana where he spent 3 weeks volunteering at a school near Lake Volta. He also visited nearby villages distributing food and aid. 20-year-old Alex said he found the whole experience very enjoyable and rewarding. He is now back in Solihull…

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