Solihull school expansion moves forward amid massive protests from neighbours

Controversial plans to expand a Solihull primary school have taken another step forward, despite huge opposition from local residents. Those living near St Augustine’s Catholic Primary School argue that doubling its capacity will make chaotic scenes in surrounding streets even worse. They have said that congestion in the Whitefields Road area already leaves them trapped…

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Sexual predator from Chelmsley Wood jailed

A sexual predator who abused two young girls – then sexually assaulted one of his victims again 13 years later – has been jailed for more than eight years. Kenneth Light was convicted of historical sex offences against the girls, who were between the ages of five and 10 at the time, between 1998 and…

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Prolific shoplifter jailed for attack on 69-year-old shopper

A prolific shoplifter has been jailed for barging a pensioner to the floor – leaving her in agony with hip fractures – as she tried fleeing supermarket security staff. Avril Wilson clattered into the shopper at Solihull’s Morrison’s store with such force the 69-year-old was lifted off her feet. She landed heavily on her side,…

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Green street lights credited with keeping Solihull’s lamps on through the night

Solihull has been able to keep its street lamps on through the night thanks to a move to new, more eco-friendly lighting, a senior councillor has said. Another 10,000 lights are currently being replaced on borough roads as part of the ongoing project. Seven years ago the council had carried out a review of its…

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O’Neill’s in Solihull reopens with craic-ing new look

We are very proud to announce the opening of the newly refurbished O’Neill’s Solihull, which opened its doors to the public on Monday 23rd September 2019. A spacious and quirky Irish pub on Poplar Road, O’Neill’s boasts a warm welcome, relaxed seating, a separate bar and family dining area. Not forgetting the high-end sports viewing…

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More Solihull doctors likely to merge following changes to NHS structure

More and more doctor’s surgeries are likely to merge in the future, a Solihull GP has said. Dr John Davenport, from Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), expected this would be the result of different practices working more closely together. Although, he admitted that the demands of the modern health service also made it…

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Council apology follows backlash over grass removal in Solihull

Changes will be made to part of a wildlife improvement project in Solihull, after residents complained about a loss of land for children to play. People living in the Elmdon Park area were said to have been shocked by the swathes of turf which were pulled up to make way for new wildflower meadows. The…

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First glimpse of pictures for one of the tallest buildings in Solihull town centre

This is the first glimpse of what is set to be one of the tallest buildings in Solihull town centre. The designs for the major new business development, dubbed the Homer Road Gateway, were officially unveiled to the public last week. Solihull Council bosses have said that the project will create 10,000 sqm of office…

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Weapon sweeps in Solihull parks form part of knife crime crackdown

Solihull parks and public places are regularly being swept for weapons as part of police efforts to tackle knife crime. The searches are being carried out amid rising public concern about violent offences, with open spaces and town centres seen as key “hot spots”. Social media updates have revealed a number of weapons having already…

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Attempted murder inquiry after pedestrian hit by car left seriously injured

Police have launched an investigation after a pedestrian was left seriously injured when struck by a car in Solihull. The man, aged 42, was hit on Jacobean Lane, Knowle at around 9pm on Sunday night (22 September). Two ambulances rushed to the scene and found the crash victim with multiple serious injuries. He was taken…

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