Work begins on A45 bridge project

Work is beginning on Solihull Council’s South Bridge Replacement project on the A45 in Bickenhill. On Thursday 12th March, Leader of the Council, Councillor Bob Sleigh, and Cabinet Member for Transport and Highways,Ted Richards, were on hand to put the first ‘spades in the ground’ on this major project to improve the infrastructure of Solihull’s…

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Concerns over future of Damson Wood Nursery and Infant School

Emotions are running high over the future of Damson Wood Nursery and Infant School which could be set to be turned into an academy. The school on Stockwell Rise was put into special measures following an Ofsted inspection carried out in September 2014. The Ofsted report rated the school inadequate in all areas and commented…

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Hospital signs show what help’s on offer to patients in Solihull

New signs are set to be put up in Solihull Hospital to explain what emergency services are on offer to patients. Hospital bosses admitted last year that despite the signage saying so, there has not been a full and proper A&E at Solihull for many years – with A&E services dwindling bit by bit over…

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Work begins on Solihull Gateway project today

The main works for the Solihull Gateway project begins today (2nd March) with an expected completion date in October 2015. The Solihull Gateway project will see in the region of £2.3m of highway improvements in the Station Road and Poplar Road area of Solihull town centre. A temporary one-way traffic flow system is being introduced…

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Karl Loxley lives to fight another day on The Voice

Solihull man Karl Loxley was handed a second chance by Sir Tom Jones on The Voice last night. The classical singer looked set for an emotional exit on the BBC talent show as mentor Will.i.am decided to put Lucy O’Byrne through to the next round following their singing battle. However, the 24-year-old from Balsall Common,…

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Solihull Council freezes council tax for fifth year running

Solihull Council has agreed its budget for 2015/16 – which includes a decision to freeze council tax for the fifth year running. At the Full Council meeting on 26th February, councillors agreed a budget of £169.615 million. The Band D council tax figure, excluding police, fire and parish precepts, will remain at £1,173.72. The Council…

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Theatre group boss Chris Macrow died from DVT

A popular Solihull theatre group boss died after he suffered a deep vein thrombosis in hospital while recovering from a serious cycling accident. An inquest heard Chris Macrow had been making good progress at University Hospital Coventry after suffering severe head and chest injuries when he fell from his bike while riding with friends from…

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Travellers have been removed from a vacant plot of land in Shirley by police and bailiffs

Travellers who set up camp on a vacant plot of private land in Shirley over the weekend have now been removed by police and bailiffs. They have reportedly caused damage to a portacabin and fences and left rubbish behind on the site in Radway Road. A local business owner, said: “Great work by police and…

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Prime Minister David Cameron spearheads campaign in Solihull

Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor George Osbourne spearheaded the Conservative campaign in Solihull, both visiting the borough to promote the Tory Party’s committment to business and the economy. The PM visited Virgin Media on Coventry Road to welcome the ‘substantial investment’ the firm – and parent company Liberty Global – is making in UK…

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Solihull man hopes to wow judges on The Voice

A local man will hope to win over the judges when he appears on this weekend’s episode of hit BBC One programme, The Voice UK. Karl Loxley, from Balsall Common, is hoping his rendition of ‘Nessun Dorma’ will attract the attention of Rita Ora, Will.I.Am, Ricky Wilson and Sir Tom Jones. Others may have shyed…

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