Eyesore Powergen block to go after 20 year planning wrangle

A blot on the Solihull landscape which has stood empty for more than 20 years looks set to be finally demolished if plans for a ten-acre site once occupied by Powergen are passed. Developer Shirley Advance revealed detailed plans to regenerate the site at the junction of Stratford Road and Haslucks Green Road to include…

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Family pay tribute to Solihull biker Jonathan ‘Jo’ Walker

The family of a Solihull man who was killed in a motorcycle crash in Stratford on Sunday (14th June) have paid tribute to the ‘much-loved’ sports fanatic. Jonathan ‘Jo’ Walker, 42, from Catherine-de-Barmes, was killed when his motorbike was in collision with an Audi A4 near the Rybrook Mini Garage on the A3400 Stratford Road…

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Muslim burial ground in Catherine-de-Barnes set for refusal by Solihull Council

Controversial plans for a 3,333-plot Muslim burial ground in Catherine-de-Barnes looks set to be refused by Solihull Council planning chiefs on Wednesday (17th June). This is the third application put in by developers to create a cemetery on Woodhouse Farm in Catherine-de-Barnes Lane – the first was withdrawn and the second was refused on a…

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Solihull biker dies in Stratford collision

A Solihull biker has sadly died after a collision with a car near Stratford-upon-Avon yesterday. Emergency services were called to the Birmingham Road in Bishopton around 2.45pm on Sunday (14/06). The motorcycle rider – a 42-year-old man from Solihull who has not yet been named – had ended up in a ditch after a crashing…

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Solihull man jailed for 11 years after grooming girls in online chat-rooms

A man who groomed girls as young as 12 with flirty online chat – and went on to strike up a sexual relationship with a schoolgirl – has been jailed for 11 years after West Midlands Police uncovered the extent of his child sex obsession. John Dodd, from Longmore Road in Solihull, was aged 21…

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New Conservative MP Julian Knight makes first speech in Parliament

Solihull MP Julian Knight has has made his first speech in Parliament since being elected in May. Mr Knight followed maiden speech traditions by setting out his priorities for the borough in front of a busy main chamber and honoured former Liberal Democrat MP Lorely Burt who he beat at the recent election by an…

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Man arrested over dumping of pig’s heads at a Solihull community centre

Officers investigating the dumping of four pig’s heads on the doorstep of a Solihull community centre have arrested a man this morning (10/06). The 34-year-old was arrested from an address in The Radleys, Sheldon at around 1:00am. He is currently being held on suspicion of carrying out a religiously aggravated public order offence. The animals’…

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Architects appointed to draw up plans for Urgent Care Centre

Architects have been appointed to draw up plans for the Urgent Care Centre at Solihull Hospital. The Design Buro has been awarded the contract by the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust (HEFT) – which runs the Lode Lane Hospital and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) – to design the centre for urgent care services…

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11-year-old George from Solihull hailed a hero after calling 999 for unwell mum

A boy from Solihull has been hailed a hero and a ‘super star’ for calling 999 after his mum collapsed in the bathroom of their home in February. Tuesday 3rd February started as just an ordinary school day but as 11-year-old George Johnson was getting ready at his home in Olton he heard something wasn’t…

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Man charged with murder of retired teacher Anne Dunkley

A 24-year-old man will appear before Birmingham Magistrates Court this morning (Tuesday 9th June) charged with murder and wounding. Unemployed Gareth Emery, from Clinton Road, Shirley, was charged last night with the murder of his 67-year-old aunt Anne Dunkley and an assault on a 38-year-old man last Friday (05/06) in Elmdon Road, Marston Green. Read…

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