Road name commemorates former Mayor of Solihull

A former Mayor of Solihull has been immortalised in the North of the borough with a new road being named in his honour. Collins Way is part of a small development in the Fordbridge area of Solihull which has been recently completed by Bellway Homes. For over 50 years Eric Collins served the West Midlands…

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Solihull Mayor meets ‘Brave’ bear at Troop Aid HQ

The Mayor of Solihull Councillor Mrs Kate Wild visited the Troop Aid headquarters to see for herself work the Solihull based charity does to support injured service personnel and to meet ‘Brave’ the Troop Aid bear. When troops are injured on exercise or return injured to the United Kingdom from war zones, they arrive back…

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Community Ambulance Station in Marston Green may be in the pipeline

Plans are in the pipeline for a Community Ambulance Station (CAS) to be opened in Marston Green. The developers Building Design Group handed over plans to change offices and a meeting room in Chapel Studios on Coleshill Road into an ambulance response centre – which will provide staff with a base to respond from on…

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Breast surgeon Ian Paterson claims he is ‘too ill’ to fight legal action

Shamed ‘cleavage sparing mastectomy’ breast surgeon Ian Paterson has been ordered to take independent tests to establish his mental capacity after claiming he is too ill to fight legal action because he is suffering psychiatric problems. Paterson, who worked at Solihull Hospital and privately-run Solihull Spire and Little Aston Hospitals until 2012, is accused of…

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Rival demonstrators kept apart by police in Solihull

A large police presence was in Solihull town centre today to keep rival demonstrators from the English Defence League (EDL) and Unite Against Fascism (UAF) apart as they handed out leaflets. Around 70 EDL members held the leaflet distribution in Brueton Gardens on Lode Lane in protest of the third application for a Muslim cemetery…

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Mother fined for child’s unauthorised absence from a Solihull school

A mother whose daughter attends Lyndon School in Solihull has been fined for failing to ensure her attendance. The woman was found guilty at Birmingham Magistrates Court on Wednesday 15th April – despite failing to attend the hearing. She was fined a total of £400, as well as £312 in costs and £40 victim surcharge,…

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Man rescued from steep embankment fall at a Solihull golf club

A man who was playing in a golf competition in Solihull yesterday was rescued by the ambulance service after falling down a steep 35ft embankment. West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Copt Heath Golf Club on Warwick Road in Knowle at about 3.30pm (16/04). An ambulance crew, a paramedic area support officer, two community…

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90-year-old Shirley pilot learned to fly when he retired

Paddy Elliott is still flying high at the age of 90 as one of the world’s oldest pilots. The sprightly nonagenarian from Shirley celebrated his landmark birthday on St Patrick’s Day and is still taking to the air – having only taken up flying when he retired at the age of 64. Mr Elliott also…

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Catherine-de-Barnes Muslim cemetery plan submitted for ‘third’ time

Controversial plans for a Muslim cemetery in Catherine-de-Barnes have been submitted for a third time. The proposals for the burial ground at Woodhouse Farm were turned down twice last year after planners said the development would blight greenbelt land. But the agent working on behalf of the applicant, Cemetery Development Services Ltd, has continued to…

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Solihull park becomes hedgehog conservation zone

A huge hedgehog conservation zone is to be set up in a Solihull park – aimed at boosting their chances to forage and meet mates. A 220-acre reserve will be created around Elmdon Park by the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust – thought to be the first of its kind in the UK. The trust said animals…

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