Four arrested in morning blitz on vehicle thieves

Four suspected vehicle thieves were arrested today (11 February) – including a teenager thought to be linked to an armed carjacking – as West Midlands Police pledged to keep the pressure on criminals. The 16-year-old, from Newtown, was detained when officers swooped on an address in the Stratford-upon-Avon area at 7am. He is wanted for…

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Revealed: the parking charge changes planned in Solihull

Widespread concern over parking charges has prompted changes to one of the most controversial proposals in Solihull Council’s budget for the year ahead. In recent weeks, fears had been raised that the three hours’ free parking at off-street sites in Shirley could be reduced to as little as 30 minutes, as part of a review…

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Plans for Kingshurst Village Centre redevelopment set to go to consultation

A Planning Brief for Kinghurst Village Centre has been approved by Solihull Council leaders and is now set to go to public consultation. The Brief outlines the potential scope of proposals for the redevelopment of the village centre. These plans focus around the existing shopping precinct, at the centre of the Kingshurst community, which is…

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Marston Green just got greener

Marston Green Park is now even greener thanks to Wildlife Ways, a three year programme to improve the borough for the benefit of wildlife and people alike. As part of this £16.8m programme – partially funded by the ERDF – contractor idverde has planted around 60 semi-mature trees in the park. Solihull Council’s cabinet member…

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Holidaymakers warned to check where their cars are stored

Solihull Council has issued advice to holidaymakers to be on their guard when booking airport parking. This advice comes following a number of recent high profile cases involving ‘scam’ airport parking businesses. The innocent victims in these cases had paid for a ‘meet and greet’ service with the promise of parking at a ‘secure’ facility,…

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Dad held at knifepoint for VW Golf on driveway

Callous carjackers held a terrified dad at knifepoint on his driveway before making off with his son’s Volkswagen Golf. The thieves targeted the white GTI at a home near Kineton Green Road, Solihull on Thursday afternoon (7 February). They snatched the keys to the car after allegedly holding the car owner’s father at knifepoint. It…

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‘Garden grabbing’ plan to create new housing in Solihull quashed by court

A decision by Solihull Council planners to approve a controversial “garden-grabbing” scheme has been overturned by the courts. It was revealed last week that planning permission for the housing development in Alderbrook Road had been quashed, following a judicial review. Local resident Fiona Somerville had challenged last autumn’s decision, arguing it ran contrary to the…

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No fines handed out for litter or dog mess in Solihull – figures reveal

No fines have been issued for littering or dog fouling in Solihull in this financial year. It was revealed this week that the council had not handed out a single fixed penalty notice for either offence since April 2018. In the same period only one person has been fined for fly-tipping in the borough. Opposition…

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Alcohol to be banned in Solihull cemeteries

Solihull Council has announced that alcohol will no longer be permitted within Robin Hood, Woodlands and Widney Manor cemeteries from 1 April 2019. The council said this is to ensure the cemeteries remain safe havens for people paying their respects. This change in council policy has been introduced following instances where alcohol has been left…

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Government announces plans to tackle illegal traveller sites

The Home Secretary has announced plans to give police tough new powers to crackdown on illegal traveller sites. Sajid Javid set out draft measures aimed at making it easier for officers to intervene and remove travellers from land they should not be on. The Home Secretary will also consider making it a criminal offence to…

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