There’s no planet B so Boston Tea Party drives forward with A2B

Did you know that only 0.25% of the estimated 2.5 billion plastic coated coffee cups used in the UK each year are recycled with 4%, that’s approximately 500,000, being littered every day. The rest, 95.75% go to landfill. These plastics are then burnt releasing dangerous substances such as heavy metals, persistent organic pollutants and other…

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Thousands of appeals for help from Solihull residents dealing with debt, benefit changes and other challenges

Almost 30,000 appeals for help from residents grappling with debts, housing and other issues were made to a Solihull support service in just six months. Between April and September, the community advice hubs were contacted 27,098 times by people seeking advice and information relating to various matters. It is thought that residents having to adjust…

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Plans to ‘concrete over’ back gardens in Shirley thrown out amid fierce opposition

A Shirley housing scheme has been thrown out eamid complaints it would have “obliterated” back gardens and made an already “chaotic” road more dangerous. Dozens of residents had objected to plans to build up to five dormer bungalows on a parcel of land behind homes in Lawnswood Avenue. The application to “concrete over” garden land…

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Local homelessness campaign gets £5k cash boost from Renewal and Touchwood

Local homelessness campaign, Change Into Action has been given a massive cash boost thanks to a £3k donation from local church Renewal and a £2k donation from Touchwood Councillor Karen Grinsell, Solihull Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health said: “Although Solihull has very few people who regularly sleep rough,…

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Velo Birmingham & Midlands 2020 road closures revealed

The Velo cycling event is returning to the West Midlands for a third time this year. Velo Birmingham & Midlands is back for 2020 with a new summertime date of Sunday 21 June. Organisers said: “Starting in the heart of Birmingham City Centre, our 100 mile route will take 18,000 riders on a truly unforgettable…

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Morrisons issues statement after worker dies suddenly in Castle Bromwich store

Supermarket giant Morrisons has issued a brief statement after the tragic death of a worker inside its Castle Bromwich store. The member of staff, named locally as ‘John’, passed away suddenly inside the Hurst Lane shop at around 9am on Tuesday 7 January. The ambulance service confirmed paramedics were called to a ‘medical emergency’ at…

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‘Scandal’ as car park increases hits travellers at Solihull and Dorridge stations

Parking charge changes at Solihull and Dorridge stations have been branded “a scandal”, as rail users returning to work after Christmas were hit by a raft of increases. The popular stops are among six sites around the country where Chiltern Railways hiked fees on 2 January. New weekday prices are as follows: Solihull (Mon-Fri): Peak…

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Major expansion of JLR operation in Solihull to start this month

Fears have been raised that a major expansion of the Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) operation in Solihull – set to start this month – could mean a “chaotic” 12 months for local roads. Construction on the logistics operations centre, which will provide warehouses covering an area of about 13 football pitches (91,800 square metres), plus…

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Man seriously injured in New Year’s Day pub fight

A man was left seriously injured after a fight broke out at a Chelmsley Wood pub just an hour into 2020. Trouble flared at the Centurion pub on Forth Drive early on New Year’s Day. Emergency services, including a police helicopter, were sent to the scene. The man suffered a fractured cheekbone and was taken…

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Balsall Common couple raise £1m for stillbirth support

A charity set up as a “coping mechanism” by a couple whose daughter was stillborn has raised over £1million in ten years. The Lily Mae Foundation was started a decade ago by Amy and Ryan Jackson from Balsall Common. It has since supported many thousands of grieving families across the West Midlands and Northern Ireland….

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