Underground heat network plan for Solihull town centre moves forward

A pioneering plan to provide heat and power to buildings across Solihull town centre, through the creation of an underground network, has moved another step forward. Back in January the council had started drilling down to water some 300 metres below Tudor Grange Park, which experts hope can provide the all-important energy source. The first…

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Key Solihull routes set to be altered as part of HS2 rail project

Changes to some of Solihull’s busiest routes, which will pave the way for the #HS2 rail project, have been approved “in principle” by councillors. Following in-depth discussions between HS2 and highways officers, an application for alterations to the A452 Chester Road and A446 Stonebridge Road was brought to cabinet. The meeting was briefed on the…

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This is what the council is doing to make sure Solihull’s cemeteries are safe

Thousands of gravestones across Solihull have to be checked every five years to make sure that they don’t pose any risk to public safety, a new report reveals. The rolling review of the borough’s memorials – the largest of which are more than 2.5 metres tall – is designed to identify stones in danger of…

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Burglar’s blood helps WMP put him behind bars

A burglar is back behind bars after West Midlands Police were able to forensically link him to the crime from blood left at the scene. Simon Williams cut his hand on glass while smashing his way into a home in Anchor Lane, Solihull, overnight on 7 June. The 36-year-old fled with jewellery but a sample…

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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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