Closure of ambulance station will ‘put lives at risk’ in Solihull

Campaigners are making a last ditch plea for health chiefs to reconsider plans to close Solihull Ambulance Station, a move critics claim could “put lives at risk”. More than 1,300 people have now signed a petition, started by the local Liberal Democrats, calling on West Midlands Ambulance Service to retain the facilities at Solihull Hospital…

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Just one hundred days to ‘save Solihull Police Station’

Julian Knight MP has said he will not stop his campaign to protect Solihull Police Station, after campaigners announced that there were just a hundred days left to save it. David Jamieson, West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC), is reportedly pressing ahead with plans to close the town’s police station on Homer Road, despite…

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Teenage boy threatened with knife outside Castle Bromwich school

A teenage boy was threatened with a knife outside a school in Castle Bromwich. The 15-year-old was unhurt and the thugs managed to escape before police arrived at the scene. The teen was approached by two people wielding the weapon behind Park Hall Academy, near Lanchester Way, just before 3.30pm on Monday (27 January). A…

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Recycling over 150,000 Christmas cards provides new trees in Solihull

More than 150,000 Christmas cards have been donated to a Solihull funeral directors for recycling, raising funds for a West Midlands hospice. For every 10,000 cards collected by Thomas Bragg & Sons Funeral Directors, a new tree will be planted at Temple Fields Natural Burial Ground. With 167,254 cards counted so far, that means 15…

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Battle over free parking in Solihull village is finally won after 18 months

Two hours’ free parking is to be reinstated in a Solihull village, almost 18 months after it was controversially cut. Shoppers and traders in Knowle had been highly critical of the decision to reduce the free and display period in mid-2018. The backlash prompted a partial reversal of the policy last year, with the 30…

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Hospital asks hundreds of patients to check back in amid concerns over suspended surgeon

Private healthcare provider Spire has recalled 217 patients of suspended surgeon Habib Rahman amid concerns about “unnecessary” shoulder operations he performed on them. Lawyers allege Mr Rahman performed ‘unnecessary or inappropriate’ shoulder surgeries at Spire Parkway Hospital in Solihull, before his practice was restricted in September 2018. Linda Millband, clinical negligence lead at Thompsons Solicitors,…

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Boy threatened with knife and punched in the face during Solihull park robbery

A teenager was threatened at knifepoint and punched repeatedly in the face during a terrifying robbery in a Solihull park. Sam Edmond was attacked by two thugs in Tudor Grange Park at around 12.15pm on Tuesday 21 January. The 16-year-old was told one of them had a knife as they demanded his iPhone and Apple…

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Construction of Birmingham Airport’s £30m departure lounge underway

The start of construction on Birmingham Airport’s £30m departure lounge extension was officially marked by Aviation Minister Paul Maynard MP today (23 January). Joined by airport CEO, Nick Barton, and newly elected MP for Meriden, Saqib Bhatti, the Aviation Minister helped to break the ground where Birmingham Airport’s biggest terminal investment in ten years gets…

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Armed forces community garden to be created in Hillfield Park

Solihull Council has received £20,000 to create an armed forces community garden in Hillfield Park. The garden will be a peaceful sanctuary for veterans and their family members, local schools and other members of the local community. It is also hoped the garden will be somewhere to help people overcome isolation, as it will provide…

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New Kingshurst Concept Masterplan to be unveiled

Local residents will be able to see the new Concept Masterplan for Kingshurst Village Centre in February as part of public engagement on the scheme before an outline planning application is submitted. This will mark a major milestone in getting this much anticipated scheme off the ground. The new high level Masterplan is based on…

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