Rule changes at rubbish tip have sparked fears in Solihull

Fears have been raised that a “nit-picky” change in rules at Solihull’s rubbish dump could lead to an increase in fly tipping. The council is considering alterations to the permit scheme it runs for commercial-type vehicles at Bickenhill Household Waste Recycling Centre. Under proposals, permit holders would be able to make eight visits a year, down…

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Major influx in blue badge requests expected following changes in Solihull

Hundreds more Solihull residents are expected to apply for disabled parking badges following a recent change in national policy. Initial estimates by the council suggest that there could be between 370 and 595 extra requests for blue badges a year. The rise would come following a major shake-up of the scheme, which has been opened…

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Mayor of Solihull congratulates recipients of Queen’s Birthday Honours

The Mayor of Solihull, Cllr Stuart Davis this month congratulated Terri Scott, Cllr Robert Cookes and Professor Sudhesh Kumar on being recognised in Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Terri Scott was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to the Solihull Troubled Families Programme, which aims to support families facing complex issues which…

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‘Hamburger’ plan to improve traffic flow at busy Solihull island

A multi-million pound upgrade of a major junction near the NEC aims to avoid further upheaval after High Speed 2 is completed. Solihull Council has said that changes to the longabout – an oval-shaped roundabout – should take place as part of the rail project. They argue that making alterations afterwards would cause yet more…

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Solihull residents can have their say over traffic blackspot

Solihull road chiefs have not ruled out reinstating two lanes of traffic on a stretch of road which has become notorious for delays. Last month, the council imposed a temporary ban on right turns both into and out of Hedingham Grove at Chelmunds Cross. They have suggested that the alterations could ease congestion along the…

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Man charged with murder after Solihull hit and run

Detectives investigating the death of a pedestrian following a hit and run in Solihull have charged a man with murder. Steven Day (pictured) was hit by a VW Golf on Warwick Road in Olton on 16 July last year. The 46-year-old was confirmed dead at the scene. A 39-year-old old man was arrested on suspicion…

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New call to halt countryside clearance in Solihull while HS2 is reviewed

A Solihull councillor has renewed her call for HS2 to bring a complete halt to vegetation clearance until a review of the rail project is completed. Cllr Diane Howell (Con, Meriden) has welcomed this week’s news that there would be a temporary reprieve for ancient woodland during the process, but wants further action. She argues…

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ChelmsleyWood-based social enterprise receives highest award given to local volunteer groups

Earlier this month the Mayor of Solihull, Cllr Stuart Davis congratulated members of Gro-Organic on being awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service: the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK. The organisation, based in Chemsley Wood, focuses on delivering outstanding green spaces and investing in the community. Through their projects involving…

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IM Properties unveils partner for Taste Collective in Mell Square

The operators of gastropub, Tap & Tandoor, are to work with Mell Square shopping centre owners, IM Properties, to develop Taste Collective – an exciting new food and beverage offering to be launched in Solihull town centre in December. Taste Collective will provide a range of experience-led offerings to include cocktails and desserts, alongside four…

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Public meeting will consider plans for almost 1,000 new homes in Solihull

Villagers in Solihull will be briefed on plans to massively expand some of the borough’s rural communities at a public meeting tonight. Knowle, Dorridge and Bentley Heath Neighbourhood Forum will be discussing the council’s proposals to build hundreds of new homes in their area. Almost 1,000 properties would be erected – between 300-350 at Hampton Road…

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