Hikes in charges at Solihull town centre car parks are weeks away

Increases to car park charges in Solihull town centre are expected to push the amount the council receives in annual fees over the £3 million mark. Under the current arrangements, drivers pay out a total of £2.96 million across five separate locations. The single most lucrative site for the council is the M&S car park,…

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Meeting the Solihull volunteers leading a blitz on litter

An army of volunteers across Solihull has declared war on the litter which can blight parks and other public spaces. This month the Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS) went out to meet one of the groups leading the fightback: Plastic is a problem. Most people have heard the stories about whales found with 80 carrier…

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HS2 could uncover ancient treasures buried hundreds of years ago

From Anglo-Saxon remains to Roman relics, HS2 works are shining a light on the Midlands’ long-lost past. The Local Democracy Reporting Service looks at one of the often overlooked aspects of Britain’s biggest civil engineering project. What lies beneath? That’s the question that many history buffs will be asking as the ground around the region…

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New behavioural unit plan for Birmingham Dogs Home site unveiled

Birmingham Dogs Home has set out plans to build a new block at its Solihull HQ, in order to house and train animals with behavioural problems. The charity, which relocated from the city centre to Catherine-De-Barnes four years ago, has applied for permission to erect the unit. The application would include the creation of eight…

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Hundreds of rat infestation reports made in Solihull

Hundreds of reports of rat infestations were made by residents in Solihull last year. A breakdown of the appointments that the borough’s pest control team attended in 2018/19 revealed that the lion’s share were in relation to the rodents. Over the course of 12 months, the exterminators were contacted about rats on 858 occasions –…

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Road crash triggers renewed calls for action in Solihull street

A crash happened in a Solihull street just a couple of weeks after the council had rejected residents’ calls for traffic-calming measures. Last Tuesday’s two-car collision, on Rowood Drive, has sparked fresh calls for action to make the road safer. Back in April, more than 200 people had signed a petition demanding action, arguing the…

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Solihull school’s latest expansion plans to help cope with baby boom

A Solihull school has unveiled plans for its third expansion in just five years, to help meet the borough’s growing demand for places. Kingshurst Primary is moving to three-form entry and the proposed block, including a trio of classrooms, will help achieve this. The new building, on the existing School Close site, will also house…

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Fight to save ‘cherished’ Solihull sports and social club from bulldozer

The Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS) this month met the close-knit group which is battling hard to save a site which has been at the heart of a Solihull housing estate for many decades. David Irwin reports: It’s a sunny Monday evening in early August and the playing fields are being set out for the…

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Amelia and Pete set for Oxford as Solihull Sixth Form College hails superb crop of A-level results

Two students are heading to their dream places at Oxford after helping Solihull Sixth Form College to achieve an excellent year of A-Level results. The college scored 534 starred grades, classed as A* at A-Level and CACHE qualifications and distinction* at BTEC level. Amelia-Anne Carse and Pete Miller achieved a clean sweep of A* grades…

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Surgeries set to move to long-awaited North Solihull medical centre

A major new health hub in North Solihull is set to become fully operational within the next couple of weeks. The Smith’s Wood Medical Centre, in Burtons Way, forms part of the wider redevelopment of the “village centre”. Solihull Council approved plans for the two-storey building, which will house the existing Green Lane Surgery and…

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