Six sites earmarked in Solihull where 1,700 new homes will go

Campaigners have vowed to continue their fight against plans to massively expand a rural community in Solihull. In the latest version of its Draft Local Plan, the council has earmarked six sites in the Balsall Common/Berkswell area for up to 1,700 homes. Every single one is within the green belt and opponents claim that the…

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Plans have been unveiled for a new £97.1million centre at Heartlands Hospital

A new Ambulatory Care and Diagnostic centre (ACAD) at Heartlands Hospital, which will be approximately half the size of Wembley’s football pitch, will house outpatients, endoscopy, day case surgery and imaging services – and treat 1,500 patients a day or nearly half a million each year. Funding for the project was finally given the rubber stamp…

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Kingshurst’s ‘nightmare’ bus services blasted

Transport bosses faced a barrage of criticism about local bus services during a heated public meeting in Kingshurst. Last month’s event had been organised to update residents on changes to local routes, which are due to come into force on 1st September. There are hopes the shake-up will help “right the wrongs” of a previous…

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Hundreds of complaints made over aggressive begging in Solihull

There were hundreds of reports of begging on the streets of Solihull in the first few months of the year, official figures have shown. Between January and April, the authorities were contacted 292 times, compared with just 20 reports in the entirety of 2017. Last week the council repeated warnings that many of those asking…

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Local npower teams push the boat out for Macmillan Cancer Support

Over 100 employees from npower’s Solihull, Worcester and Oldbury offices clubbed together and took to the water for an ‘oar-some’ rowing competition along the River Severn, raising thousands of pounds along the way. Now in its fourth year, the company’s ‘Worcester Paddle’ event raises money for its charity partner of 15 years, Macmillan Cancer Support….

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Local councillor and family to fund specialist mesothelioma nurse in memory of late mother

On Tuesday 30 July, Councillor Katy Blunt and her family announced that they are to fund a specialist mesothelioma nurse in the West Midlands for 2 years, before Mesothelioma UK take over the position. This will be in the memory of Councillor Blunt’s late mother, former local GP Dr Janet Blunt (nee Leese) of the…

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Algae reported in recently refurbished Solihull swimming pool

Recent concerns about algae in the swimming pool at Solihull’s Tudor Grange Leisure Centre were raised at a council meeting this week. Cllr Laura McCarthy (Lib Dem, Elmdon) had flagged up reports that the green growth had been spotted on tiles and in the water at the recently refurbished facility. Council officers said the issue…

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Love Solihull become international ambassadors for the environment

SMBC’s environmental initiative, Love Solihull, has scooped another award for environmental best practice and are also set to become international ambassadors for the environment. Following last year’s success at The Green Apple Awards – where they picked up an award for environmental best practice – Love Solihull has gone on to receive an International Corporate…

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Climbdown over controversial parking charge increases in Shirley

Controversial plans to increase car parking charges in Shirley from September have been abandoned. Council proposals to cut the free and display period in off-street facilities to an hour and raise tariffs for longer stays were set to be approved this week. Critics had claimed that the changes would do massive damage to small businesses…

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Three more Solihull schools in line for parking ban zones

Strict traffic restrictions are set to be imposed around three more Solihull schools as part of efforts to tackle problem parking and air pollution. Clifton Crescent (Widney Juniors), Windrush Close (St Andrew’s School), and Wayside (near Marston Green Juniors) are being considered for the next stage of the council’s much-publicised School Streets project. Road chiefs…

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