Campaign to name streets after borough war heroes

Solihull’s previous mayor has launched a new campaign to name streets after three borough war heroes. Councillor Joe Tildesley, said he hoped to change the council’s policy of only dedicating streets to those who had died. “It’s one of the few things you can do to create a lasting legacy,” he said. “These men have…

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Axe looming over Solihull Children’s Centres

Solihull Council could close all of its 14 dedicated children’s centres by next year following a £600,000 cut in its budget. Council bosses say there are too many children’s centres in the borough and the services can still be delivered from cheaper community venues like libraries and community halls. The council is also looking at…

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Wingwalker Tom Lackey’s anger at war memorial red tape delay

Veteran fundraiser and world record-breaking wingwalker Tom Lackey is furious after being prevented from restoring the Shirley War Memorial, which bears his own brother’s name. The 94-year-old began working to bring the memorial to its former glory, after it fell into disrepair three years ago. Since then he has spent many hours repairing the plinth…

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Former TV talent show winner fell to death from hospital roof

A former winner of ITV’s New Faces talent show died after he walked out of a mental health ward and fell from the roof of Solihull Hospital. Ex singer Lee Wright, 59, had been voluntarily admitted to the Bruce Burns unit as he battled with depression. Just two days later he vanished from the ward…

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Cowboy builder who left couple homeless has been jailed

A cowboy builder from Solihull who set up multiple fake companies to commit a £96,000 VAT fraud has been jailed for 16 months. Self-employed Carl Williams, from Hurdis Road, Shirley, fraudulently claimed VAT repayments since 2007 and even forced one couple out of their home after walking out on a project he was paid £90,000…

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New Mayor of Solihull

Councillor Mrs Kate Wild was confirmed as the new and 61st Mayor of Solihull at the Annual Council meeting on Tuesday 10th June. Elected to Solihull Council in 1994 Councillor Wild has represented the St Alphege Ward and has been Cabinet Member for Community Services and the Environment. Councillor Wild was also Mayor of Solihull…

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Arden School in Knowle flies German flag on D-Day anniversary

Former servicemen have been left fuming after a Solihull school flew the German flag on the anniversary of D-Day. Members of the British Legion condemned the decision by Arden to fly the black, red and gold flag on the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings as “out of order.” However, Martin Murphy the principal of…

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Knife-wielding robber caught after angry mum of 11-year-old witness gave chase

A knife-wielding robber who held the blade to the neck of a terrified shop assistant has been jailed for three years. Carl Deakin was caught after he was followed by the angry mother of an 11-year-old who had witnessed the terrifying incident. Deakin, 36, of Foredrove Lane, Damson Wood, pleaded guilty to robbery and having…

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Residents’ petition over industrial unit plans near to park

Angry residents in Monkspath are petitioning against plans for an industrial manufacturing unit, located near homes and a popular borough park. An application was submitted to turn one of the units in Monkspath Business Park into a distribution and manufacture plant for V Installations Mechanical Handling Limited. But locals are worried the plans will create…

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Troop Aid receive Queen’s Award for supporting injured soldiers

Troop Aid has received Royal approval in the form of the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2014. The award is the second Royal seal of approval for the Solihull based charity, which supports injured soldiers around the world, and boasts HRH Prince Charles as its patron. Founded in 2006 by former servicemen Albert Sutton,…

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