No Christmas lights switch-on event in Solihull this year due to health and safety fears

Solihull will not be having an official Christmas lights switch-on this year because of health and safety fears, it has been confirmed. Organisers say huge crowds expected for the festive event would make it difficult to stage a traditional countdown and switch-on ceremony. There will be Christmas trees on the High Street and the lights…

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Solihull Gateway will be complete on Sunday 15th November

Solihull Council’s major transport infrastructure project, Solihull Gateway, will be complete on Sunday 15th November. The work has been carried out by Balfour Beatty Living Places, the Council’s highway maintenance partner. The project has seen a major overhaul and remodelling of the Station Road and Poplar Road area of Solihull town centre – aiming to…

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Solihull historic buildings and established shops face axe over Touchwood expansion plans

The future of some businesses has been thrown into doubt following plans to change the face of Solihull’s historic town centre. The expansion plans, which include a move to demolish some of the historic buildings in the High Street to extend the Touchwood shopping centre, have been given the go ahead by councillors. But the…

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Winners of Solihull Civic Honours 2015

The fifth annual Solihull Civic Honours took place recently in the Council Chamber of the Council’s Civic Suite. Those selected were invited to receive their awards from the Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Glenis Slater, and to meet representatives from local businesses and organisations. Residents of the borough had been invited to nominate their unsung heroes…

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Solihull named second best place to live in UK

Solihull has lost its title as the best place to live in the UK, with Edinburgh now taking over in the top spot. Factors which have been taken into account include high disposable income, long life expectancy, fast broadband speeds – and even the amount of sunshine. The uSwitch.com study looked at 138 local areas…

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Solihull Mayor opens Armed Forces Memorial

The Mayor of Solihull, Cllr Glenis Slater, opened the Armed Forces Memorial at Woodlands Cemetery on Friday 16th October. The memorial was built after a fundraising effort by the Friends of Woodlands Cemetery (FoWC) voluntary group, who raised over £13,000 to erect the nine foot granite obelisk. The obelisk is a memorial to the men…

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Solihull man sentenced for cyber attack on Home Office and FBI websites

A Solihull man has been convicted for carrying out a cyber attack against the Home Office and FBI websites. Charlton George Ripley Floate was sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court today (16/10) after pleading guilty to the distributed denial of service attacks. He was also sentenced after pleading guilty to possessing prohibited images of children. Floate…

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Meriden Adventure Playground receives huge funding boost

The Meriden Adventure Playground in Chelmsley Wood has received a $63,000 (around £40,000) cheque from Alcoa to help renovate the adventure playground. The amount received was the largest single donation by the company in the UK. The cheque was received by the Mayor of Solihull Councillor Glenis Slater on Wednesday 14th October at the Alcoa…

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Solihull Council approves recommendation to become constituent member of a WMCA

Solihull Council approved a recommendation to becoming a constituent member of a West Midlands Combined Authority at last night’s meeting of the full council held on 13th October 2015. Commenting on the decision, Councillor Bob Sleigh, Leader of Solihull Council said: “Since I began talking to partners across the West Midlands in November 2014, I…

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Solihull Lions donate nine defibrillators to FastAid Community First Responders – and one helps save a life on its first day in service

One of nine defibrillators donated to the Solihull borough helped to resuscitate someone in need on its first day of use. Solihull Lions donated the defibrillators, worth over £10,000, to FastAid Community First Responders (CFRs). The presentation of the lifesaving equipment was made at Solihull mayor’s parlour. Mayor of Solihull Councillor Glenis Slater praised both…

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