Cemetery plans have been re-submitted

Plans for a 4,000-plot Muslim cemetery in Catherine-de-Barnes have been re-submitted to Solihull Council. The plans are identical to those previously withdrawn in March – but with more information provided in an attempt to justify the plans. The previously withdrawn application came under fire for its impact on the Green Belt and the fact adequate…

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Solihull double murder suspect sectioned

A man arrested on suspicion of the double murder of a Solihull couple has today (23rd July) been sectioned under the Mental Health Act. The 23-year-old was arrested on 7th July after emergency se…rvices were called to the family’s home, on Hermitage Road, where the bodies of a couple, in their 50s, were discovered. The…

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Pomeroy Way named after late local GP

A new road in Chelmund’s Cross Village Centre has been named after the area’s long serving GP, Richard Pomeroy MBE, who sadly passed away last year. Richard or ‘Dick’, Pomeroy moved into Chelmsley Wood in the late sixties and set up his practice as the area was being built. His practice in Chelmund’s Cross (formerly…

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Solihull in top 5 destinations for shopping in UK

Less than a year after being voted the UK’s best place to live, Solihull has been identified as one of the country’s top shopping locations. According to property agent DTZ, the upmarket town will be one of the five healthiest retail destinations in five years’ time alongside the West End of London, Surrey, west and…

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Firefighters battle bungalow fire in Solihull

Firefighters have been battling a large bungalow fire in Solihull, which has almost completely destroyed the property. Fire Crews from Billesley, Highgate, Kings Norton and Solihull were called to the scene on Tythe Barn Lane, Dickens Heath, at 4.43am this morning. Eight firefighters in breathing apparatus were deployed to tackle the blaze in which an…

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Jackie’s raising money for units which saved her life

A cancer survivor from Solihull has set up her own charity to raise money for the hospital services which have helped save her life. Jackie Stretton was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in April 2012 and had to undergo an operation and gruelling chemotherapy treatment. The 70-year-old said she would not have got through her illness…

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IPCC will not launch enquiry into circumstances of double stabbing

The police watchdog has chosen not to launch an inquiry into the circumstances of a suspected double murder in Solihull which occurred shortly after officers left the scene. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said the deaths of Pin Chang, 58, and his 50-year-old wife Quoi, would now be subject to a local conduct investigation…

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Campaigners urge review over flight path noise row

Campaigners took to the streets of Balsall Common last weekend in a bid to force a Government rethink following the recent opening of Birmingham Airport’s runway extension – it has triggered waves of complaints of alleged noise nuisance from planes taking off at the airport. Angry residents are raising a protest petition to be sent…

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Work begins on 106 new homes at former school site

Work is now underway on 106 new homes on a former school site in North Solihull. Digby Court will be built on the grounds of the former Bishop Wilson School in Pike Drive following the school’s move to new premises in nearby Chelmund’s Cross. Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council approved plans for the development in April…

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Inquest hears that Royal Marine from Solihull died after falling 100ft down a gorge

An elite Royal Marine from Solihull on a special forces “escape and evasion” training exercise in Wales died after falling more than 100ft down a steep gorge at night, an inquest has heard today. 25-year-old Ashley Hicks, who was described as “exceptionally capable,” was leading a six-man team in October 2012 and stepped over a…

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