Plans finally approved for Dickens Heath youth venue

Dickens Heath is finally set to get a purpose-built youth facility after more than a decade of discussions. Plans to create a venue were previously hampered by difficulties identifying a suitable site. But this week a £300,000 scheme to build premises on the grounds of the Community Primary School took a major step forward. Approving…

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Chelmsley Wood Shopping Centre scraps Christmas reindeer event amid animal welfare fears

Chelmsley Wood Shopping Centre has axed a Christmas reindeer event – due to be held on 8th December – amid animal welfare concerns. The centre has scrapped the reindeer visit following a flurry of complaints. The cancellation comes just days after undercover footage of alleged animal abuse at another centre emerged. Secret recordings were made by…

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National Express West Midlands helps Syrian refugee to fulfil his passion

A refugee who fled the Syrian civil war is fulfilling his passion of driving and helping others, thanks to National Express West Midlands. Louai Almasri is a driver for the region’s largest bus operator and takes thousands of people to work, school, college and leisure activities every single day. In Syria he was a veterinary…

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Changes to Summer Fest 2019 – it could be made shorter

Organisers of a major music festival in Solihull have outlined plans for a shorter event in 2019, which would take place earlier in the year. Ian Rogers, director of the Summer Fest event, told a council meeting last night that it was intended to bring forward the festival, previously held over the August Bank Holiday,…

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Tragedy as woman’s body found in Babbs Mill Lake

The body of a woman was discovered this morning (15 November) in Babbs Mill Lake in Kingshurst. Officers cordoned off part of the lake by the car park while they investigated her death. The woman’s body was tragically discovered at 7.45am by a walker. West Midlands Police said her death isn’t being treated as suspicious….

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Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy branches out to Solihull

Councillor Joe Tildesley, Solihull Council’s cabinet member for Leisure, Tourism and Sport, and local MP Julian Knight planted five trees in Brueton Park on Friday 2nd November as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy Project. Two silver birch trees, two rowan trees and one hazel tree were planted close to Brueton car park. The same…

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Obesity is a ‘time bomb’ in Solihull, it’s been claimed

Obesity is a “time bomb” that needs to be dealt with urgently in Solihull, it has been claimed. Cllr Ken Hawkins, chair of the council’s health and adult social care scrutiny board, had questioned whether a more “stark” message needed to be sent about health risks such as heart disease and diabetes. At a meeting…

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Councillors told they cannot issue littering fines in Solihull

Solihull councillors are unable to issue fines to those who drop litter or commit other environmental crimes, it has been confirmed. There had recently been enquiries about whether eagle-eyed members would be able to bolster the efforts to punish litter bugs. A number of councillors already take part in community litter picks or have previously…

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Rail shutdown as police deal with tragic discovery near Solihull Station

It has sadly been confirmed that a body has been found on the tracks near to Solihull Station. British Transport Police were called at around 3pm. Tragically, the person was pronounced dead at the scene. A spokesman for British Transport Police said: “At 3.00pm today (13 November) British Transport Police were called to the track…

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Solihull Civic Honours 2018

On Tuesday 16th October the borough’s unsung heroes were recognised at the Solihull Civic Honours Awards ceremony. The event, which is in its eighth year, took place at Solihull Council’s Civic Suite. Winners were invited to receive their awards from the Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Flo Nash, and to meet sponsor representatives from local businesses…

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