80th anniversary of the Spitfire – over 12,000 were built in Castle Bromwich

The Spitfire, most famous British fighter aircraft in history, first took to the skies on 5th March 1936 and won immortal fame throughout the summer months of 1940 by helping to defeat the German air attacks during the Battle of Britain. In 1938, the Air Ministry bought a site consisting of farm fields and a…

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Plans for former Powergen site in Shirley given the green light

Solihull Council’s planning committee approved plans last night (2nd March)  for the ‘eyesore’ Powergen site on Haslucks Green Road in Shirley to be demolished and the surrounding area regenerated. The building, designed by local architect John Madin, has been vacant for 20 years and locals have been pushing for the site to be redeveloped. While…

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Drivers who used ‘red X’ lanes on M42 set to be hit by fines

Scores of drivers who ignored lane closure warnings on a local motorway face stiff penalties after police pledged to prosecute the culprits. Warwickshire Police said motorists who disregarded a ‘red X’ sign above blocked lanes on the M42, between junction 9 for the A446 at Coleshill and junction 8 for link to the northbound M6,…

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Council appeals for motorists to keep off the grass

Solihull Council is appealing for motorists to stop parking on the borough’s grass verges. In certain wards, local councillors are being inundated with requests from residents for action to be taken about grass verges outside their properties being ploughed up – and in some cases destroyed. Parking on grass verges causes environmental maintenance issues, makes…

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All children in Solihull offered a secondary school place

Solihull Council has announced that all parents with children living in Solihull have been offered a place for them at secondary school in September 2016. 91% have been offered their first or second preference – and around 97% have been offered one of their five preference schools. Councillor Joe Tildesley, Cabinet Member for Education, Skills…

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Huge £1m airbridge goes up at Birmingham Airport with Airbus A380 en route

A 138ft-long bridge has been built at Birmingham Airport ahead of the arrival of the world’s largest passenger airliner later this month. The Airbus A380 is so large that the airport has spent £1 million building the new airbridge to allow passengers to disembark from the top deck. The airliner will be used from Birmingham…

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Solihull Council issues warning of penalties for those who do not stop for school crossing patrols

Anyone who is caught failing to stop for school crossing patrols can receive a fine of up to £1,000 and three points on their licence. There are 45 patrols across the borough and there has been an increased number of reports regarding incidents of drivers not stopping. A ‘Stop’ sign is a legal requirement and…

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Regeneration of former Powergen site set for go ahead

A £75 million redevelopment of the former Powergen site in Shirley is set to receive the go ahead this week. The plan will finally signal an end for the John Madin’s office block two decades after it was vacated by staff at the power utility. Joint venture partnership Shirley Advance, which is behind the nearby…

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‘Exercise Cape’ taking place in Bentley Heath on Sunday

Residents in Bentley Heath and motorists driving through the area are being warned to expect disruption on Sunday 6th March as the level crossing on Mill Lane will be closed between 8am and 4pm. Train services passing through Dorridge Station will be unaffected. Organised by Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire councils’ emergency planning team, the road…

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Solihull Mayor opens new café to support dementia carers

The Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Glenis Slater, opened Café Tempo on Wednesday (24th February). The café, at St Mary’s Church in Hobs Moat, offers support to those who care for someone living with dementia. The café is open on the last Wednesday of every month from 10am until 1pm. It is an opportunity for those…

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