Fines issued for people dropping cigarette ends in Solihull town centre

Dozens of fines have been doled out to people dropping cigarette ends in Solihull town centre. Back in February a new team of privately-contracted wardens began to patrol the area as part of a crackdown on litter and dog-fouling. Forty one on-the-spot penalties, of £100 each, had been issued by mid-May, with all but one…

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Jaguar Land Rover donates £15,000 to Betel UK charity

Jaguar Land Rover Solihull recently spent some time with Betel UK, who help adults suffering from severe drug and alcohol addiction and homelessness. JLR employees chose Betel to receive a donation from their Motorvate fund to support the great work they’re doing to help restore broken lives. Jaguar Land Rover donated £15,000 which Betel will…

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Taste Collective set to tempt Solihull shoppers

IM Properties (IMP) has secured planning to create an exciting new food and beverage offering in Mell Square Shopping Centre, Solihull, as part of its vision for a more vibrant town centre. A new immersive eating experience called ‘Taste Collective’ will replace the existing Costa Coffee unit in the outdoor shopping centre. Costa, still proving…

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Upgrade of Solihull Council House looks set to get underway

A multi-million pound upgrade of Solihull Council House looks set to get underway within the next few months. Up to £3.5 million will be ploughed into the project, with council bosses arguing that the building has badly deteriorated due to very little investment in recent years. Staff have complained of faulty heating, rotten windows and…

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Local MP launches landmark report on financial education for children in care

Solihull MP Julian Knight has welcomed the publication of a ground-breaking new report into the state of financial education for children in the care system. He is Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Financial Education for Young People, which has just published ‘Care to talk about Money? The Importance of Financial Education for…

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Solihull Air Cadets officially number one in Warwickshire and Birmingham

On Sunday 30th June, thirty 492 Solihull Squadron Air Cadets took part in the annual Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing Competition Day. The day consists of the cadets competing in numerous different categories – from rifle shooting, banner drill, to ensembles/percussion against 25 other squadrons in the area, representing over 1,000 cadets. 492 squadron scooped up…

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JLR submits plans for conveyor bridge at Solihull factory

Jaguar Land Rover has submitted plans to build a car conveyor bridge at its Solihull factory. Documents handed to the council’s planning department show the structure will be around 168 metres long and have a drop section at either end. Linking two blocks on the existing Lode Lane site, the car giant has insisted that…

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Solihull Metropolitan Borough: saving carbon, money and the night sky by changing lightbulbs

Changing street lights might not sound like the flashiest of endeavours, but Solihull has shown how the right choice – and a street-by-street approach – can help make an area more environmentally friendly. A Friends of the Earth spokesperson said: “Since 2012 the West Midlands council of Solihull has been making greener choices when it…

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Increase in Solihull residents who feel unsafe after dark

Almost a third of Solihull residents feel unsafe in their local area after dark, a new survey suggests. The poll of 700 people found that overall the proportion who feel uneasy at night time was at 32 per cent, with growing anxiety about crime levels. Although the level of fear varies from area to area,…

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Jaguar Land Rover set to make huge electric car announcement for Castle Bromwich plant

Jaguar Land Rover is expected to announce plans to build electric cars in the UK, delivering a huge boost to the industry which has been hit by a series of setbacks in recent months. It is believed that investment will be made at the firm’s factory in Castle Bromwich, although other sites will benefit from…

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