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Underground heat network plan for first buildings in Solihull 

10 Aug 18

The council is looking at the possibility of drawing on the heat generated by a water source beneath Tudor Grange Park…


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New home for war memorial stones in Solihull village 

10 Aug 18

The engraved stones, comprising of one central column and 12 tablets, honour the local men who fought in the Boer Wars…


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Warning over future ‘garden grabbing’ in Solihull 

10 Aug 18

‘We don’t want unpleasantness, we want our lovely gardens behind our beautiful homes…


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Domino’s Pizza takeaway gets go ahead in Solihull village despite fears 

9 Aug 18

Around 165 people had objected to the takeaway in Balsall Common…


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Domino’s plans to open a takeaway in this Solihull village – but residents aren’t happy 

6 Aug 18

They say there are already too many hot food outlets on the Balsall Common shopping parade…


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£40m new railway station in Solihull set to be ruled out 

6 Aug 18

It is also estimated that 20m will be needed to revamp the current site…


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HS2 – the great train debate in Solihull 

2 Aug 18

Will the rail link electrify the economy or cause chaos for locals…


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Huge fall in bed-blocking in Solihull 

1 Aug 18

Council officers said they had taken steps to get a grip on the situation…


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‘Massive backlog’ as council struggles to replace faulty wheelie bins across Solihull 

31 Jul 18

Frustrated residents given supply of bin bags while they wait…


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Pedestrian crossing survey of accident-hit Solihull road delayed 

30 Jul 18

Assessment has been held up due to high demand for its road safety team…


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Parking charge changes could “harm Solihull village”, claim 

27 Jul 18

There has been a backlash from residents and traders over plans to scrap two hour free parking…


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Metro route plans tens of millions over budget – forecast warning 

27 Jul 18

The Brierley Hill metro extension and the Birmingham to Solihull route are currently exhibiting ‘cost pressures…


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The West Midlands is one of the best places in UK for bin collections 

26 Jul 18

Birmingham, Sandwell, Solihull, Dudley and Wolverhampton have weekly collections while they are fortnightly at Coventry and Walsall…


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Major parking headache in Solihull villages 

26 Jul 18

Roads are being clogged up by commuters…


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Parking charge plan leads to councillor quitting Tory group in Solihull 

25 Jul 18

He confirmed that he had resigned from the Conservative group as a matter of principle…


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Fears over increased traffic on ‘dangerous’ Solihull road 

23 Jul 18

I have nearly been killed walking along that.


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Impose height limit for new homes, say Solihull villagers 

23 Jul 18

Houses should not extend beyond two and a half storeys – call…


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People are getting ‘very disturbed’ about HS2 plans in Solihull 

23 Jul 18

There is still significant uncertainty surrounding the multi-billion pound rail project…


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Cameras for fly-tipping hot spots across Solihull 

20 Jul 18

Four devices will be moved around the borough to watch for fly-tippers…


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Garage sites considered for new homes across Solihull 

17 Jul 18

Though developing the sites for new-builds can be ‘problematic…


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New town centre bank plan approved in Solihull 

16 Jul 18

The new bank is set to open on the High Street…


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Investigation into devastating flooding in Solihull underway 

12 Jul 18

It may be some time before residents get any answers…


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Huge rise in pothole damage insurance claims across Solihull 

12 Jul 18

It is costing the council tens of thousands of pounds…


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Huge cost revealed of faulty wheelie bins across Solihull 

11 Jul 18

And there are tens of thousands of bins that still might need replacing…


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Here’s how Birmingham, Solihull and Black Country MPs voted on Heathrow’s third runway 

26 Jun 18

See how West Midlands MPs voted when the Commons approved plans for a third runway at Heathrow…


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£250k put aside for ‘under pressure’ services in Solihull 

25 Jun 18

It will be allocated to areas where work is ‘desperately needed…


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Major survey of Solihull’s roads for £2 million safety projects 

21 Jun 18

More than 90 miles of highways in close proximity to the HS2 rail line are to covered by the survey…


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Heated debate as tempers rise over recycling rate in Solihull 

20 Jun 18

A green smiley face had been stuck next to figures which showed a slight dip in figures…


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Warning issued over bogus bins in Solihull 

20 Jun 18

Questions were raised about an odd-looking bin which had appeared…


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Forty-one flats set to be created inside Solihull town centre office building 

18 Jun 18

The proposals would see the entire three-storey office building turned over to residential use…


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Thousands of motorists fined for driving in bus lanes in Solihull 

18 Jun 18

Nearly 4,000 motorists were caught and fines collected totalled 81,569…


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‘Gigantic’ block of flats in Solihull suburb thrown out by planners 

14 Jun 18

It would have replaced one house with five apartments…


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Government and trade unions welcome Jaguar Land Rover investment in Solihull 

13 Jun 18

Decision to shift production of the Discovery to Slovakia is part of plan to secure the future of the Solihull plant…


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Hundreds in protest against ‘garden-grabbing’ plan in Solihull 

12 Jun 18

There are plans bulldoze a detached home and build five flats on the land…


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Jaguar Land Rover shifting Discovery production to Slovakia is ‘deeply concerning’ 

12 Jun 18

Solihull MP is worried about Jaguar Land Rover announcement but welcomes future investment in car plant…


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More than 1,100 homes sit empty in Solihull 

4 Jun 18

Empty homes used as drugs dens and gardens turning into ‘jungles…


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‘Extremely challenging’ future lies ahead for Solihull 

30 May 18

The figures are now available for public inspection…


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Anger over builders who flout regulations in Solihull 

30 May 18

It’s an effort to restore credibility in the planning process…


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Calls to give local residents priority over affordable homes in Solihull 

29 May 18

This is something that the community feels very strongly about.


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Top cop’s low tech answer to beat high tech car crime in Solihull 

29 May 18

Criminals are using increasingly sophisticated devices to break into cars…


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Free WiFi at GP surgeries across Birmingham and Solihull 

23 May 18

NHS managers say offering patients free WiFi will allow them to use health apps on their phones…


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New role to focus on boosting leisure and tourism in Solihull 

16 May 18

Given the importance of leisure and tourism we wanted to invest in a new cabinet post.


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New Lib Dem leader to focus on ‘local issues’ in Solihull 

14 May 18

The former leader was ousted after a shock defeat in the local elections…


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New councillors in Solihull prepare to enter political fray 

14 May 18

Seven will be taking a seat in the chamber for the first time…


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More people sleeping rough and begging in Solihull 

11 May 18

A warning that these cases are often just the tip of the iceberg…


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New high street bank could ‘harm’ Solihull conservation area, warning 

10 May 18

The site is opposite the 15th century Manor House…


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Invisible pollution still a danger in Solihull, warning 

2 May 18

Just because we can’t see it, doesn’t change the fact we are breathing it in.


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Meet the war hero turned top cop brother of new Home Secretary Sajid Javid 

1 May 18

Superintendent Bas Javid is commander of Solihull Police…


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Solihull local elections: Tory pledge over ‘all the things that people expect’ 

30 Apr 18

Leader says he is taking ‘nothing for granted going into the elections…


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Measles outbreak in Birmingham sparks vaccination warnings to parents 

30 Apr 18

The outbreak, which originally focused in Birmingham and Solihull, has now become a West Midlands wide community issue with over 100 cases…


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Housing shortage concerns for Solihull’s young people 

27 Apr 18

Concerns have been raised that too few homes are being built for Solihull’s young people, with a warning that this could be storing up problems for the future.


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Developers slated for hacking down trees in Solihull 

27 Apr 18

When ‘trees are cut right down before any development even sees the light of day…


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Here’s what could happen as five political parties battle for seats in Solihull 

25 Apr 18

The Tories currently hold 31 of the 51 seats, but could things change…


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Worry over ‘terrible’ increase in crime figures across Solihull 

19 Apr 18

There has been an overall increase of 1,467 crimes in the year to date…


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Rubbish recycling target not being hit by Solihull Council 

18 Apr 18

True figures are adrift of the 50 per cent target that the local authority had hoped to achieve…


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How a £125 million energy company levy could be used to cut fuel bills and save the planet 

7 Apr 18

Experts draw up plans for four green energy zones in Birmingham, Solihull, Coventry and the Black Country…


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Birmingham Airport hit by new restrictions on late night flights 

4 Apr 18

Solihull Council backs plans to minimise disturbance for residents…


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Historic windmill ‘under threat’ from new housing development 

3 Apr 18

Solihull Council inundated with objections to potential housing development…


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Thousands sign petition opposing plan to close Solihull Police Station 

21 Mar 18

Opposition is growing to the planned closure of 24 police stations across the West Midlands…


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£10m boost for new HS2 urban quarter 

13 Mar 18

Plans to create a new business and residential village based around the new HS2 Interchange station in Solihull backed by devolution cash…