Fight to protect Solihull’s green belt will continue, campaigners vow

Campaigners have vowed to continue their fight to protect green belt sites in Solihull from major housing development. Only weeks ago, Shirley residents celebrated the news that the council had abandoned plans to allocate homes on a particularly precious stretch of open space. But they argue the latest version of the authority’s Local Plan would…

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‘Rats, pigeons and litter’ – fears Shirley is turning into a ‘takeaway city’

A Shirley takeaway has been refused permission to remain open until the early hours, amid concern about the impact this would have on neighbours. Dozens of residents have voiced concerns about a growing number of takeaways in the Stratford Road area – which they claim has brought with them rats, litter and anti social behaviour….

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Developments in Solihull need to be more wildlife-friendly, say Solihull councillors

National plans to make new developments more wildlife-friendly need to go further, Solihull councillors have said. Chiefs have discussed government proposals, which would require those behind housing and business schemes to leave habitats “in a measurably better state” than before building work started. While there was broad support for pushing developers to deliver a “net…

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Reckless driver who rammed police car and drove at officer jailed

A reckless driver who prompted a four mile pursuit which saw him twice reverse into a police car, then drive at an officer, has been jailed. Cops in an unmarked police vehicle tried to stop Michael Gaffey who was speeding in Shirley just after 11.15pm on 25 July last year. He ignored the blue lights…

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West Midlands awarded £2.6m to help tackle road congestion

Birmingham City Council and Solihull Council were jointly awarded £2.65 million today by the Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport (ADEPT) to invest CCTV to monitor car journeys in the West Midlands. Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), which is part of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), will co-ordinate and oversee the…

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Bus re-routing plan causes anger in Solihull debate

Controversial plans to re-route a bus service down a Solihull street continue to be the subject of heated debate – making residents ‘very angry’. As part of a wider shake-up of the borough’s network, the S2 is set to be taken down Alderminster Road from next month. Many residents are furious, arguing the street just…

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Cash machine torn from Spar after window smashed – with staff and shoppers inside

Brazen burglars have torn a cashpoint from a Chelmsley Wood convenience store in a late-night attack. The crooks smashed the front window of a Spar in Brook Farm Walk before ripping the ATM from the store on Wednesday night (30 January). Offenders then fled the shop with the cashpoint. The alarm was raised with West…

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Fundraiser for tragic Chelmsley Wood crash victim Ross Williams smashes £4,000 target

An online fundraising page set up to help pay funeral costs for tragic Chelmsley Wood crash victim Ross Williams has smashed its target. Friends of the Solihull Council worker set up the fundraising page on JustGiving and set a £4,000 target. The amount stood at £4,977 on Wednesday 30 January. Mr Williams, aged 37, died…

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Pub and restaurant plan for historic Solihull farmhouse

A 17th century farmhouse in Solihull could be turned into a pub and restaurant under plans submitted to the council. The application seeks approval for a change of use at Tidbury Green Farm in Fulford Hall Road. This scheme would require the refurbishment of the Grade II-listed farmhouse and nearby outbuildings, as well as extensions…

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Fears parking changes could hurt Shirley businesses

Small businesses will suffer if free parking is reduced in Shirley, a councillor has warned. Cllr Tim Hodgson (Green, Shirley West) is concerned about the impact that changes to council-owned sites could have on Solihull’s second largest retail centre. Under budget proposals, current charges are set to be reviewed, with the local authority hoping to…

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