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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SMBC prosecute man for driving overloaded van

Solihull Council has prosecuted a man for driving an overloaded vehicle. Mr Saber Nazary, from Stechford, was driving a van crammed full of fruit and vegetables and was weighed by officers from Solihull Council’s trading standards team on 22 August 2018. When weighed, it was found to be 60% over the legal weight limit –…

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Historic building featuring work by renowned sculptor set to be bulldozed in Solihull

A historic building is set to disappear as part of a major redevelopment in Shirley, despite the concerns of conservationists. Earlier this year, the Twentieth Century Society had objected to the proposed demolition of the ex-Lucas Industries building – arguing it was of “local importance”. Aside from being a former base for one of the…

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‘Once in a lifetime’ changes coming to Solihull

A multi-million pound project to improve Solihull’s habitats for both people and wildlife is now underway. Wildlife Ways is a three-year scheme which aims to connect up the borough’s green spaces, encourage more species and make paths and cycleways more attractive. The Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS) headed out with Solihull Council to find out…

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Solihull man charged with baby abduction

A man has been charged with abducting a young baby from his mother’s Birmingham home and driving dangerously with him on board during a police pursuit. It’s alleged James Dempsey, from Eden Road in Solihull, took the five-month old from the address in Sutton Coldfield on Wednesday morning. West Midlands Police issued an appeal to…

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New chapter for Solihull children’s playground

A children’s playground in Chelmsley Wood has secured planning permission for a new scheme, which it hopes will boost visitor numbers during the winter months. Plans by Meriden Adventure Playground to install two converted shipping containers at the site – providing its first indoor space – were approved by the council last month. While the…

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Mum sentenced for killing baby to ‘stop her crying’

Abigail Palmer, from Solihull, has today been sentenced for crushing her two month old daughter to death. Mrs Justice Lambert has jailed Palmer for 13 and a half years. She passed a concurrent sentence of two years on the wounding charge. 33-year-old Palmer wiped her eyes with a tissue before being led away. Abigail Palmer…

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Tragedy fears over speeding drivers on Solihull rat run

Drivers doing double the speed limit on a residential street in Solihull have prompted concerns about road safety. Skelcher Road, in Shirley, is often used as a rat run by motorists on their way to Haslucks Green Road. And with reports that some vehicles are travelling at 50 or 60mph, locals fear that there could…

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Police crush bikes that caused chaos on illegal Ride Out in Solihull and Birmingham

Bikes taken from a gang who ran amok on the roads during a lawless ‘Ride Out’ event have been crushed by West Midlands Police – as the force warns it will continue to seize and destroy ‘off-roaders’ ridden dangerously. Last month West Midlands Police secured public nuisance convictions against 29 men who took to scramblers,…

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Solihull football club’s all-weather pitch and floodlights plan

A local football club has submitted plans to install a synthetic training pitch in place of its current turf surface. The application by Solihull Moors has been lodged with the council’s planning department and seeks permission to introduce a new 3G facility at the Damson Parkway site. The development would also include a new perimeter…

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