Two historic Olton buildings listed

Two historic buildings in Olton have been added to the National Heritage List as Grade ll listed buildings. The Church of the Holy Ghost and Mary Immaculate and the Olton Friary building at St Bernard’s Road have both been listed by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport following an assessment by Historic England. They…

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FastAid Solihull recognised with Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2016

A voluntary group from Solihull, who provide Community First Responders, has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. FastAid work in partnership with West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust responding to life threatening 999 calls. Dealing with cases in the…

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Solihull Council to refund historic care payments

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council may have to refund more than 60 older people after it incorrectly charged them for care. An investigation by the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) found the council had interpreted the government’s charging regulations incorrectly when assessing a man for the cost of receiving care at home. The LGO said the way…

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Balfour Beatty start work on highways maintenance in Solihull, Coventry and Warwickshire

Balfour Beatty has started work on a seven year highways maintenance contract for Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, Coventry City Council and Warwickshire County Council. The contract was awarded to Balfour Beatty in February 2016 and has the option to extend for a further three years. A spokesperson from SMBC said “Working in partnership with the…

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Funding awarded by NSP for schemes bringing jobs, training and business opportunities to North Solihull

Eight local organisations have been awarded funding by the North Solihull Partnership (NSP) for schemes that will bring jobs, training and business opportunities to the area. The NSP invests around £150,000 every year by inviting local community and voluntary organisations to bid for grants for initiatives that can directly benefit and improve the economic prospects…

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Solihull welcomes new Mayor

Councillor Mike Robinson was invested as the new and 63rd Mayor of Solihull at the Annual Council Meeting on Tuesday 17th May. Elected to Solihull in 2004, Councillor Robinson has represented the Castle Bromwich ward for the last 12 years and has served on many Council committees over this period. The Mayor will be supported…

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Man remains in critical condition after three-car collision in Olton

A man remains in a critical condition in hospital today after a three-car collision in Olton last night. Emergency services were called to a RTC on Warwick Road near the junction with Reservoir Road around 8:45pm (Friday 20th May). A local resident reported: “Warwick Road is closed due to a collision involving three cars. “One…

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Solihull teenager drowns in tragic Turkey holiday swimming accident

A teenager from Solihull has died in Turkey whilst swimming on holiday with friends. Subhan Khan drowned on Wednesday 18th May during a short three-day trip, according to a relative who lives in Pakistan. The Foreign Office has confirmed they are supporting the family of a British man who died in the Aegean coastal resort…

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Solihull’s new Turtle Bay restaurant announce ‘Pay As You Feel’ opening day to raise funds for local Marie Curie Hospice

Solihull’s new Caribbean restaurant and bar, Turtle Bay – set to open at the end of this month – is partnering with the local charity Marie Curie Hospice. On Tuesday 31st May, the first official day of trading for the restaurant, diners will only be asked to pay whatever they think their food is worth….

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More illegal off-road bikes seized in the Solihull borough

Solihull Police executed warrants on Friday (20th May) to deal with illegal bikes in the borough – four quads and one bike have been seized and seven people are currently in custody for various offences. A spokesperson for Solihull Police said: “We are today taking further action against people who cause anti-social behaviour by using…

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