Solihull historic buildings and established shops face axe over Touchwood expansion plans

The future of some businesses has been thrown into doubt following plans to change the face of Solihull’s historic town centre. The expansion plans, which include a move to demolish some of the historic buildings in the High Street to extend the Touchwood shopping centre, have been given the go ahead by councillors. But the…

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Winners of Solihull Civic Honours 2015

The fifth annual Solihull Civic Honours took place recently in the Council Chamber of the Council’s Civic Suite. Those selected were invited to receive their awards from the Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Glenis Slater, and to meet representatives from local businesses and organisations. Residents of the borough had been invited to nominate their unsung heroes…

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Solihull named second best place to live in UK

Solihull has lost its title as the best place to live in the UK, with Edinburgh now taking over in the top spot. Factors which have been taken into account include high disposable income, long life expectancy, fast broadband speeds – and even the amount of sunshine. The uSwitch.com study looked at 138 local areas…

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Solihull Mayor opens Armed Forces Memorial

The Mayor of Solihull, Cllr Glenis Slater, opened the Armed Forces Memorial at Woodlands Cemetery on Friday 16th October. The memorial was built after a fundraising effort by the Friends of Woodlands Cemetery (FoWC) voluntary group, who raised over £13,000 to erect the nine foot granite obelisk. The obelisk is a memorial to the men…

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Solihull man sentenced for cyber attack on Home Office and FBI websites

A Solihull man has been convicted for carrying out a cyber attack against the Home Office and FBI websites. Charlton George Ripley Floate was sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court today (16/10) after pleading guilty to the distributed denial of service attacks. He was also sentenced after pleading guilty to possessing prohibited images of children. Floate…

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Meriden Adventure Playground receives huge funding boost

The Meriden Adventure Playground in Chelmsley Wood has received a $63,000 (around £40,000) cheque from Alcoa to help renovate the adventure playground. The amount received was the largest single donation by the company in the UK. The cheque was received by the Mayor of Solihull Councillor Glenis Slater on Wednesday 14th October at the Alcoa…

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Solihull Council approves recommendation to become constituent member of a WMCA

Solihull Council approved a recommendation to becoming a constituent member of a West Midlands Combined Authority at last night’s meeting of the full council held on 13th October 2015. Commenting on the decision, Councillor Bob Sleigh, Leader of Solihull Council said: “Since I began talking to partners across the West Midlands in November 2014, I…

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Solihull Lions donate nine defibrillators to FastAid Community First Responders – and one helps save a life on its first day in service

One of nine defibrillators donated to the Solihull borough helped to resuscitate someone in need on its first day of use. Solihull Lions donated the defibrillators, worth over £10,000, to FastAid Community First Responders (CFRs). The presentation of the lifesaving equipment was made at Solihull mayor’s parlour. Mayor of Solihull Councillor Glenis Slater praised both…

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Norah Charlish from Solihull was part of the Bletchley code-breaking operation in Second World War

99-year-old Norah Charlish has led a remarkable secret life – she helped end the Second World War – but her work was so secretive even she did not realise the role she had played until 30 years after the Nazis were defeated. Norah was part of the Bletchley code-breaking operation, working at one of the…

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Two new schools open in Chelmsley Wood

Two new schools opened in Chelmsley Wood on Monday 7th September – Fordbridge Community Primary School and Coleshill Heath School. The schools, which cost £18million to build, are part of the North Solihull Partnership’s continuing investment in the area. As well as providing education in brand new buildings, the schools will be providing two school…

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