Hopes that North Solihull’s electric car club could return

An electric car club in North Solihull – abandoned months after launch because of “mindless” vandalism – could be resurrected. It was revealed earlier this year that E-Car Club had pulled out of the pilot project, after its fleet of 18 eco-friendly vehicles suffered “exceptional damage”. The abrupt end of the initiative – which hired…

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Parking charges rise at Solihull town centre council-run car parks

Parking charges are set to rise at Solihull town centre council-run car parks from today. A Solihull Council spokesperson said: “Motorists parking in Solihull Town Centre will see a small increase in parking tariffs from today (Friday 13 September 2019). The 20p rise will be implemented in all public car parks, except Monkspath Hall Road…

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Solihull School and Saint Martin’s School to merge

Solihull School and Saint Martin’s School today announced that from September 2020 they will merge, to form a combined co-educational 3-18 year old day school on two campuses. The merger will create a larger Solihull School, which will provide a Junior and Infant School on the Saint Martin’s Campus and a Senior School and Sixth…

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New app to increase flood awareness

Following the flooding in the borough last year, Solihull Council has developed a new app which will allow Solihull residents to be more flood aware. A spokesperson said: “Solihull Council has collaborated with Vision Link to develop the new app, which allows people to view the Council’s network of cameras and sensors which monitor water…

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Brexit crisis poses a big risk to Solihull, report warns

Disruption from Brexit remains one of the single biggest risks facing Solihull Council, a report reveals. Earlier this year, the possible turmoil for business and impact on council services was ranked as ‘Red 9’ – the highest level of risk. And a dossier presented to councillors on Monday confirmed that, following a review by senior…

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New pavement parking ban backed by roads chief in Solihull

Solihull’s roads chief has said councils should be handed greater powers to deal with drivers who park on pavements. Cllr Ken Hawkins, the cabinet member for environment and highways, would be keen to see local authorities given the leeway to police the problem. His comments follow a call by a group of MPs for a…

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£200k boost to Solihull’s culture and tourism follows ‘historic lack of investment’

Culture and tourism in Solihull is to receive a £200,000 boost, with the council admitting that investment in these areas had been “lacking” in recent years. The six-figure sum will be used to recruit two new project managers, on fixed term contracts, to help promote the borough. Work will also be carried out to “get…

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Commonwealth Games will put Solihull at ‘the centre of the sporting world’

Solihull must seize every opportunity from being at “the centre of the sporting world” in a few summers’ time, a meeting has heard. This week the council outlined its vision for making the most of the Commonwealth Games, which will be hosted by neighbouring Birmingham in 2022. With the NEC one of the sporting venues,…

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Julian Knight welcomes funding boost for local schools

Solihull MP Julian Knight has welcomed the news that more than twenty local schools are set to receive a funding increase as part of the Government’s latest investments in education. In a letter Gavin William, the Education Secretary, listed 15 primary and seven secondary schools which will benefit from moves to ensure that every school…

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Lengthy waiting lists for Solihull’s allotment sites

Many allotment sites across Solihull have closed their waiting lists, with rising demand among residents wanting to ‘grow their own’. Every one of the ten council-owned sites in the borough is at capacity – and at six of these locations the waiting list itself is currently full, because of the sheer number of gardeners trying…

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