Man sentenced for breaching Solihull Council’s car cruise injunction

A 28-year-old man has been handed a suspended prison sentence for breaching a car cruising injunction in Solihull. Sam Jones, from Kingsbury, was caught participating in car cruising, an activity where drivers meet on the public highway causing danger or nuisance to the public. Mr Jones is thought be have been travelling at 115mph when…

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Acocks Green to Solihull bus returning to more regular service

Councillors Katy Blunt and Bob Grinsell said they are delighted to announce that the A12 bus (formerly no 30), which operates between Acocks Green, Olton and Solihull, will be returning to a half hourly service from 1st September 2019. Landflight, a Solihull-based operator, will be taking on the contract for this service and we will…

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Daughter demands answers over mum’s falls at Solihull care home

A Solihull woman who says her elderly mother suffered three “serious” falls at a borough care home is still seeking answers a year later. Jenny Bragg has slated the care that her mum, Joan Sanford, received during her time at Chelmund’s Court – which received a damning report from the health watchdog less than 12…

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Petition launched to save Morrisons supermarket from closure in Shirley

A supermarket giant has been urged to rethink plans to close its store in Shirley, which have put scores of jobs on the line. The Morrisons store, on Stratford Road, is one of four around the country set to shut, with 96 roles at risk. Shirley East councillors Karen Grinsell, Mark Parker and Annette Mackenzie…

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BID funds Enforcement Officers for a safer Solihull town centre

Solihull BID has appointed two high-profile Enforcement Officers to support its long-term strategy to provide a safe and welcoming Solihull town centre. The new Enforcement Officers have been recruited to act as a robust measure to deter and disrupt criminal and anti-social behaviour, ensuring Solihull remains a safe and secure destination for all. Starting their…

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No date yet set for Solihull motorway services decision

A date has yet to be fixed for two major motorway services applications to be heard in Solihull, some five months on from the original planning meeting being pulled. Councillors had originally been due to consider the rival proposals for different sections of the M42 on 27 March. The two separate schemes seek permission to…

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Solihull set to join multi-council plan for new recycling site

Solihull could be set to join other local councils and help fund a multi-million pound project to build a new recycling centre. Plans for the £34.5 million facility, which would be based in neighbouring Coventry, have been drawn up amid growing concern about the spiralling costs of processing waste. Five other councils are poised to…

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Victim forced from Mercedes E220 in terrifying carjacking

A victim was forced out of their luxury motor during a terrifying carjacking in Solihull. West Midlands Police launched an urgent investigation after the offenders, who were in a Black Ford Fiesta ST, pulled alongside the victim’s Mercedes in Colesbourne Road on Wednesday 21 August. The offenders have then climbed into the vehicle before making…

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New calls to keep Solihull Police Station open

“Ridiculous” plans to close the current Solihull Police Station need a major rethink, a former serving officer has said. Cllr Joe Tildesley, who knows the Homer Road building well from his previous career, said that the decision to sell off the site was “the number one issue” raised by residents. There was widespread concern when…

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Hikes in charges at Solihull town centre car parks are weeks away

Increases to car park charges in Solihull town centre are expected to push the amount the council receives in annual fees over the £3 million mark. Under the current arrangements, drivers pay out a total of £2.96 million across five separate locations. The single most lucrative site for the council is the M&S car park,…

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