Algae reported in recently refurbished Solihull swimming pool

Recent concerns about algae in the swimming pool at Solihull’s Tudor Grange Leisure Centre were raised at a council meeting this week. Cllr Laura McCarthy (Lib Dem, Elmdon) had flagged up reports that the green growth had been spotted on tiles and in the water at the recently refurbished facility. Council officers said the issue…

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Love Solihull become international ambassadors for the environment

SMBC’s environmental initiative, Love Solihull, has scooped another award for environmental best practice and are also set to become international ambassadors for the environment. Following last year’s success at The Green Apple Awards – where they picked up an award for environmental best practice – Love Solihull has gone on to receive an International Corporate…

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Climbdown over controversial parking charge increases in Shirley

Controversial plans to increase car parking charges in Shirley from September have been abandoned. Council proposals to cut the free and display period in off-street facilities to an hour and raise tariffs for longer stays were set to be approved this week. Critics had claimed that the changes would do massive damage to small businesses…

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Three more Solihull schools in line for parking ban zones

Strict traffic restrictions are set to be imposed around three more Solihull schools as part of efforts to tackle problem parking and air pollution. Clifton Crescent (Widney Juniors), Windrush Close (St Andrew’s School), and Wayside (near Marston Green Juniors) are being considered for the next stage of the council’s much-publicised School Streets project. Road chiefs…

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Chernobyl Children’s Project marks 20 years since first Solihull Group arrival

On Saturday (20 July), twelve 13 and 14-year-olds arrived in Solihull from Belarus, accompanied by a doctor, interpreter and a student. They have all suffered various cancers including; thyroid, sarcoma, leukemia, kidney, neuroblastoma and lymphoma, and have been in remission for between 18 months to 3 years. The children, who have never been abroad before,…

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Police appeal after man seriously injured in Shirley collision

Solihull Police are appealing for information following a serious collision on Stratford Road in Shirley at 11.30pm last night (Thursday 18 July). The collision involved a black Ford Fiesta and a red Audi A3 on the roundabout at the junction with Marshall Lake Road. A 65-year-old man from the Audi was taken to hospital with…

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Muslim cemetery plan back on the table in Catherine-de-Barnes for the fourth time

Contentious plans to create a Muslim cemetery in Solihull’s green belt have once again been brought forward. Back in 2015, councillors had thrown out proposals for a dedicated burial ground at Woodhouse Farm in Catherine-de-Barnes. Four years on, a fresh application for the wedge of open space – the fourth in total to have been…

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Smith’s Wood Academy pupil has flowerbed design planted in Malvern Park

Tamzin Clarke, a pupil from Smith’s Wood Academy, has had her design planted in flowers after winning the annual Love Solihull flowerbed design competition. The competition was in partnership with the Royal British Legion and their ‘Thank You’ campaign, which last year marked 100 years since the end of World War One. More than 300…

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Man jailed for fraud against Solihull Council

A former employee of Solihull Council has today (17 July) been sentenced to three years in prison for fraudulently obtaining money to a value of £75,000. Wesley Roberts, from Coventry, pleaded guilty to charges under the Fraud Act 2006 at an earlier hearing on 29 April at Birmingham Crown Court. Roberts was employed as the…

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HS2 reveals designs for ‘Automated People Mover’

HS2 has revealed designs for its Automated People Mover – a driver-less transport system that will connect the Interchange Station with new stops at Birmingham Airport, Birmingham International Station and the National Exhibition Centre (NEC). Today, HS2 unveiled the visuals for its new people mover at the first of a series of events to share…

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