Talk of the town: Mayor launches Solihull’s Chatty Café scheme

We all know it’s good to talk and Solihull town centre coffee shops are encouraging this by bringing people together through the national Chatty Café scheme. The Chatty Café scheme has a simple idea: venues pay a one-off £10 sign-up fee and designate a ‘Chatter and Natter’ table where people can sit if they’re happy…

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Awards for schools’ environmental work

The Mayor of Solihull Councillor Stuart Davies joined schools and local businesses on Friday as they shared ideas about the environment and received Greener Schools Awards. Primary, secondary and special schools from across the borough met for the Solihull Greener Schools Award Celebration after a morning of workshops in which they discussed new technologies, low-cost…

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Westgate scheme plans set to be brought forward

Solihull Council is set to receive a planning application to bring forward its ambitious plans for the Westgate scheme on the vacant Homer Road site in the town centre. A SMBC spokesperson said: “The initial planning application will provide a high level overview of proposals for ‘Westgate, 21 Homer Road’, an exciting new development, located…

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Crusade against lazy dog owners in Chelmsley Wood

Lazy dog-owners who fail to clean up after their pets have been sent a strong message by two Solihull schoolgirls, who launched a campaign against the problem in their local area. Megan Baker and Ellie Thrower, both aged nine, had encouraged friends, relatives and fellow classmates to sign a petition appealing for the council’s help….

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The school parking problem causing fury in streets around Solihull

A row over plans to expand a primary near Solihull town centre has thrown the spotlight back on the issue of traffic problems linked to the school run. The Local Democracy Reporting Service spoke to some of the residents and looks at the background. Leafy streets and high-performing schools are two of the biggest draws…

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£5m school grant overspend poses an ‘enormous financial risk’ to Solihull Council

A £5.6 million overspend on a key education budget in Solihull poses an “enormous financial risk” to the council, one of its most senior officers has warned. Last week councillors were briefed on the huge pressures facing the “high-needs block” of the Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG), which supports pupils with special needs and disabilities. According…

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Solihull residents fear street parking and speeding is putting lives at risk

Residents in Solihull streets fear that a dangerous combination of parking problems and speeding could have tragic consequences. Those living in Harvard Road and Wellsford Avenue, in Lyndon, have made a fresh plea for steps to be taken to deal with the issues they are having to deal with on a daily basis. Tempers have…

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More than 100 homes could be built in Solihull village under expansion plan

Up to 110 new homes could be built on the outskirts of a Solihull village under plans unveiled this month. A planning application sets out a sizeable housing development on fields to the east of Hampton-in-Arden. The Packington Estate, which owns the 3.5 hectare plot off Meriden Road, argues that the scheme will help meet…

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Solihull traders vote on whether to extend town centre scheme until 2025

Solihull businesses are now voting on whether to continue a scheme – set up to support the town centre – for another five years. A ballot running between now and 31 October asks traders to endorse a third term for the Business Improvement District (BID), taking the project up until 2025. A business plan sets…

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New Solihull island will make ‘high-speed dual carriageway’ safer – claim

A new roundabout will be created on one of Solihull’s main routes as part of the HS2 rail development. The traffic island will become a permanent feature at the junction of the A452 Kenilworth Road and Park Lane in the Balsall Common area. The roundabout would originally have been a temporary change, while the construction…

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