Drivers who used ‘red X’ lanes on M42 set to be hit by fines

Scores of drivers who ignored lane closure warnings on a local motorway face stiff penalties after police pledged to prosecute the culprits. Warwickshire Police said motorists who disregarded a ‘red X’ sign above blocked lanes on the M42, between junction 9 for the A446 at Coleshill and junction 8 for link to the northbound M6,…

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Council appeals for motorists to keep off the grass

Solihull Council is appealing for motorists to stop parking on the borough’s grass verges. In certain wards, local councillors are being inundated with requests from residents for action to be taken about grass verges outside their properties being ploughed up – and in some cases destroyed. Parking on grass verges causes environmental maintenance issues, makes…

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All children in Solihull offered a secondary school place

Solihull Council has announced that all parents with children living in Solihull have been offered a place for them at secondary school in September 2016. 91% have been offered their first or second preference – and around 97% have been offered one of their five preference schools. Councillor Joe Tildesley, Cabinet Member for Education, Skills…

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Huge £1m airbridge goes up at Birmingham Airport with Airbus A380 en route

A 138ft-long bridge has been built at Birmingham Airport ahead of the arrival of the world’s largest passenger airliner later this month. The Airbus A380 is so large that the airport has spent £1 million building the new airbridge to allow passengers to disembark from the top deck. The airliner will be used from Birmingham…

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Solihull Council issues warning of penalties for those who do not stop for school crossing patrols

Anyone who is caught failing to stop for school crossing patrols can receive a fine of up to £1,000 and three points on their licence. There are 45 patrols across the borough and there has been an increased number of reports regarding incidents of drivers not stopping. A ‘Stop’ sign is a legal requirement and…

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Regeneration of former Powergen site set for go ahead

A £75 million redevelopment of the former Powergen site in Shirley is set to receive the go ahead this week. The plan will finally signal an end for the John Madin’s office block two decades after it was vacated by staff at the power utility. Joint venture partnership Shirley Advance, which is behind the nearby…

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‘Exercise Cape’ taking place in Bentley Heath on Sunday

Residents in Bentley Heath and motorists driving through the area are being warned to expect disruption on Sunday 6th March as the level crossing on Mill Lane will be closed between 8am and 4pm. Train services passing through Dorridge Station will be unaffected. Organised by Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire councils’ emergency planning team, the road…

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Solihull Mayor opens new café to support dementia carers

The Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Glenis Slater, opened Café Tempo on Wednesday (24th February). The café, at St Mary’s Church in Hobs Moat, offers support to those who care for someone living with dementia. The café is open on the last Wednesday of every month from 10am until 1pm. It is an opportunity for those…

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Bereaved 7-year-old girl gets dream home thanks to Solihull students

A seven-year-old girl left bereaved after her mum died has had her home virtually rebuilt – thanks to the help of Solihull students and BBC show DIY SOS: The Big Build. Lucy Grafton and her parents Jess and Joe moved from London to the Midlands to start a new life, but were delivered a devastating…

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Car exclusion zones near Solihull schools to be in force by 2017

Traffic is to be banned from roads around Solihull schools in a pilot scheme aimed at stopping school-run parents parking illegally. The scheme will see car exclusion zones created around three primary schools – banning vehicles from driving in, out or through the area. It follows a growing number of complaints about parents parking on…

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