Traveller camps cost Solihull Council over 20k last year

Dealing with gypsy and traveller camps cost Solihull Council more than £20,000 last year. Official figures for 2018/19, released following a Freedom of Information (FoI) request, reveal that the authority had to respond to six different incursions on council-owned land. The single most expensive incident was at Heath Park, in Chelmsley Wood, where the council…

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Fears that HS2 lorries will add to air pollution and queues in Solihull village

Up to 100 extra lorries a day are set to “plough through” a Solihull village as part of the latest preparations for the HS2 rail project. Those living in the Balsall Common area have grave concerns the construction traffic will pile fresh pressure on already busy roads and increase air pollution. Last week, #SolihullCouncil said…

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Futuristic high-tech bins installed in Shirley Park

Futuristic bins – able to alert the council when they’re full – have been installed in Shirley Park. Cutting edge technology inside the containers sends electronic messages to let refuse teams know when they need to be emptied. It is hoped that the “intelligent” devices will reduce the risk of rubbish overflowing at busy locations,…

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Former student swaps Solihull for Hollyoaks

A former Solihull College & University Centre Performing Arts student has joined the cast of Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks. Charlie Georgio, 22, from Marston Green, has taken to the cobbles of Chester where he plays the role of Jed. He said: “I’m delighted to join the cast of Hollyoaks. I can’t wait to see where…

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New 80-bed development will now be part of Blythe Valley Park scheme

An 80-bed care home is set to be built at Solihull’s Blythe Valley Park. This week, councillors gave the go-ahead for the facility, which will form part of a major mixed-use development at the sprawling campus. The principle of the project was previously agreed in 2017, with a more detailed application for the site having…

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Woman seriously injured after dog attack in Chelmsley Wood

Police were called to Chelmlsey Wood as a woman was left “covered in blood” after a dog attack. The victim, in her 50s, was seriously injured when she was mauled by a ‘Pitbull-type’ dog. Armed police and paramedics rushed to the scene on Heathmere Drive after the attack, which happened just before 7.30pm on Wednesday…

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Plans unveiled for 7,000 plot Muslim cemetery in Solihull

A fresh bid to build a Muslim burial ground in Solihull should once again be rejected by planners, a residents’ group has said. Solihull Ratepayers’ Association argues that a decision to approve a similar cemetery in Romford, East London, should not have any bearing on the local application. A 10,000 plot development received the green…

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Solihull still one of the worst offenders for bed-blocking

Solihull is still ranked among the worst local authorities in the country when it comes to bed-blocking, according to last year’s figures. Concerns about patients left waiting to be discharged from hospital have been raised several times in the past. And at the end of 2018/19, Solihull was placed 133rd out of 153 councils when…

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How and when sprint bus service will be arriving in Solihull

Transport chiefs have said they still plan to bring a sprint bus service to both the airport and Solihull town centre, although the project will now be delivered in phases. The tram-style transport link with Birmingham city centre will travel down the A45 and it was always intended to have the route branch at The…

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Calls to move Parliament to Solihull

A former Government Minister has suggested Parliament should move to Solihull while £4bn repairs to the historic Westminster buildings are taking place. Lord Adonis, a former Transport Secretary, revealed he had been in talks with West Midlands Mayor Andy Street about the idea. He said Birmingham International train station should be renamed “UK Central” –…

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