Confusion over services on offer at Solihull Hospital

There is uncertainty about the services on offer at Solihull Hospital and where ambulances will take patients following a 999 call, it has been suggested. Cllr Jo Fairburn (Lib Dem, Olton) said there seemed to be some “ambiguity” about what sort of cases the Lode Lane site was geared up to deal with. “It’s just…

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Local MP supports World Book Day’s ‘Share a Story’ campaign

Julian Knight MP said he is proudly supporting World Book Day’s new ‘Share a Story’ campaign, which aims to encourage parents and carers to read to their children for ten minutes every day. The campaign aims to revive reading as a national pastime, as well as something which families do together. Every year World Book…

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Caring community converts thousands of Christmas cards to cash

The team at Thomas Bragg & Sons Funeral Directors in Solihull collected a staggering 30,000 Christmas cards for recycling to raise funds for St Giles Hospice. They smashed their 10,000 target as news of their collection spread through social media, posters, newsletters and even a man who stood up on a local bus and urged…

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Tudor Grange Park bin theft

Nearly a dozen metal litter bins in Tudor Grange Park were stolen last night (20 February). Solihull Council said it is replacing them with temporary wheelie bins until permanent replacements are installed. Councillor Joe Tildesley, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Tourism & Sport, said: “We are baffled as to why these bins have been stolen as…

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Jaguar Land Rover employees donate life-saving Discovery Sport to FastAid

Employees at Jaguar Land Rover have this month donated a new Land Rover Discovery Sport to Birmingham based first aid responders, FastAid. The life-saving vehicle is the 20th to be handed over to good causes across the Midlands and Merseyside thanks to a unique employee driven charity which has also donated £244,500 to local community…

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Action to tackle anti-social cycling in Solihull

Concerns over some young cyclists riding in a reckless or selfish manner could see a new training course rolled out to secondary schools across Solihull, in an effort to tackle the problem. The session, which has been piloted at the Tudor Grange Academy Kingshurst, is designed to reduce anti-social behaviour linked with bikes. It comes…

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Coach company boosts funds for local cancer charity

A runner has received a £250 boost to his fundraising efforts for a local cancer charity thanks to National Express. The UK’s largest coach operator has supported the fundraising efforts of senior manager, Mark Hollis, who ran the Cheltenham Half Marathon for Solihull-based Breast Cancer Haven, after hearing of his close friend’s battle with the…

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Major new medical centre approved in Marston Green

A “much needed” new medical centre is to be built in Marston Green, despite fears that the scheme could set a dangerous precedent for green belt development. Solihull Council’s planning committee has this week given unanimous approval to plans to demolish Oliver House, in Ivy Lodge Close, and erect a purpose-built facility, bringing various services…

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Hundreds back call for Solihull bus shelter

More than 200 residents have backed calls for an extra bus shelter in Solihull town centre, amid concerns about an obvious need along the busy parade. At present there is only a simple stop sign for those waiting to catch the No 5 from Station Road – the town’s main public transport mall. Cllr Ken…

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Housing scheme approved in Shirley despite overcrowding fears

A major new development has been approved by Solihull planners, despite lingering concerns that the new residents would be crammed in. Permission has been granted for the mixed-use scheme, including 242 flats and houses and a Nissan dealers, at The Green, in Shirley. Developer M 7 Real Estate has also received outline planning permission for…

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