First waste disposal unit in Solihull given the go ahead

A new waste disposal facility is set to be built in Solihull – the unit will be at the Meriden Quarry site off Cornets End Lane. It will be capable of processing waste water and up to 45,000 tonnes of food, green and wood waste every year. A spokesman for Beechwood Recycling, the company that…

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Powergen site plans lodged with council

Plans have finally been lodged to knock down and regenerate the former Powergen site in Shirley – more than two decades after it was vacated. The 75 million redevelopment, which would see the end of another building designed by renowned Birmingham architect John Madin, and centred around an ExtraCare retirement village for elderly people. Joint…

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75th anniversary of first fatal bombing attacks on Solihull

This week marks the 75th anniversary of the first fatal bombing attacks on Solihull during World War II. On 19th November 1940, 11 residents died when German planes dropped bombs on the area. High explosives and incendiary bombs fell in Lyndon and Shirley – also on Solihull High Street, hitting Winfield chemist, Fitters jewellers and…

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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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