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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Julian Knight unanimously re-selected to contest Solihull at next election

Local MP Julian Knight has been re-selected to stand as the Conservative candidate for Solihull at the next general election. He has represented the town in Parliament since 2015, and secured a substantially-increased majority at the 2017 general election. A spokesperson said: “A former personal finance and consumer rights journalist at the BBC and the…

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Severe flooding set to increase – Solihull report warns

Severe flooding is set to become more common in the future, a report on last year’s devastation in Solihull has acknowledged. While many residents had told the council that the torrent on 27 May was the worst they had seen in their lifetime, others were concerned that such extreme conditions were happening more frequently. Around…

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MPs reject No Deal Brexit as Yvette Cooper amendment fails but Caroline Spelman’s passes

MPs have issued an order to Theresa May to prevent a no-deal Brexit as they passed an amendment which rejects the UK leaving the EU without a Withdrawal Agreement. The cross-party plan, headed by Tory Dame Caroline Spelman and Labour’s Jack Dromey, won by 318 votes to 310, majority 8. It “rejects the United Kingdom…

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Body found near Aldi store in Shirley

A man has been found dead near the Aldi supermarket in Shirley. Police were called to the scene, off Stratford Road, on Monday afternoon. Witnesses said West Midlands Ambulance Service crews also attended. The spot was also close to Shirley Park. West Midlands Police said the body of a 47-year-old man was discovered in Shirley. They…

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New Jamaican restaurant Jamaya brings the carnival spirit to Solihull

Something hot and tasty is coming to Touchwood in Solihull at the beginning of March, the UK’s first gourmet Jamaican jerk chicken restaurant – Jamaya. Bringing proper charcoal grilled jerk and gourmet Jamaican fried chicken, with base sauces varying from mild to hot, Jamaya will be launching their debut restaurant at the shopping centre. It…

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Streetsbrook school choir hit the high notes

Pupils from Streetsbrook Infant and Early Years Academy have won an impressive £1,000 after being crowned champions of the Touchwood School Choir competition 2018. Throughout December, 21 Solihull schools took to the stage in the centre’s annual event in a bid to win the sought-after title. Amongst strong competition, the singing sensations from Streetsbrook Infant…

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M&S Foodhall and B&M among new shops opening at Sheldon Retail Park

A new retail park featuring an M&S Foodhall, B&M and The Gym is set to open in June 2019 on Coventry Road in Sheldon. Sheldon Retail Park was granted planning permission last year and will see the retailers and gym open alongside Morrisons supermarket which is already trading on the site. It’s the second phase…

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Heat Network test borehole currently being drilled in Tudor Grange Park

Visitors to Tudor Grange Park may have noticed the recent appearance of a 10 metre drilling rig. The temporary installation is part of the first stage in Solihull Council’s plans to bring low-carbon heat to town centre buildings. A test borehole is being drilled to see what groundwater flows may be available from the water-bearing…

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