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Injured Hampton GP slams Solihull Council’s refusal to install traffic calming measures 

10 Dec

Rodger Charlon has said he is 'profoundly disappointed' at the council's refusal to consider speed restrictions and traffic calming measures on the B4102 Meriden Road - despite his desperate calls for...

Misadventure verdict in tragic Subhan Khan holiday drowning case 

9 Dec

Subhan Khan died after getting into difficulties in the Aegean coastal resort of Altinkum.

Consultation to upgrade M42 junction 6 opens 

9 Dec

Highways England is proposing changes to improve the capacity of the junction to accommodate increasing traffic demand and to support access to Birmingham Airport and the NEC, as well as prepare for t...

Win a fabulous Christmas tree courtesy of the Solihull Observer and Steve’s Industries 

8 Dec

Your chance to win one of five Christmas trees - delivered to your door...

Hit-and-run victim’s anger at lack of Solihull Council’s traffic calming 

8 Dec

A HAMPTON-in-Arden GP has hit out at Solihull Council for refusing to install traffic calming measures on the stretch of road where he and his wife were nearly killed by a speeding car.

Dispute over incident at Bentley Heath level crossing 

8 Dec

CONFLICTING stories have left an incident at Bentley Heath level crossing shrouded in mystery.

Birmingham man handed cash to Brussels bombing suspect 

7 Dec

A MAN has been convicted of funding terrorism after handing over cash to a Brussels bomb suspect.

Promising borough motorcyclist snaps up World Supersport 300cc contract with Team Toth Yamaha 

7 Dec

PROMISING teenage motorcyclist Alex Murley has put pen to paper by signing a new deal which will see him race in the World Supersport 300cc Championship next season.

Clampdown on biker louts continues – more than 20 people arrested and bikes seized. 

7 Dec

More than 20 people have been arrested and an array of motorbikes seized in the biggest West Midlands Police offensive yet on biker louts.

Bees continue to climb 

7 Dec

A FOURTH win in a row has pushed Birmingham & Solihull Bees up to fourth in the National League Three Midlands division as they produced a solid team performance to beat hosts Sandbach 39-22.

Help Harry Help Others launches smartphone app 

7 Dec

HELP Harry Help Others (HHHO) has launched an app to keep followers in the loop on the news at the charity.

Moors put four past Boldmere St Michaels as they begin Birmingham Senior Cup title defence 

7 Dec

STAR striker Harry White scored a faultless hat-trick as Solihull Moors started their defence of the Birmingham Senior Cup on Tuesday night at the Automated Technology Group Stadium.

Police launch Christmas crackdown on drink and drug drivers 

6 Dec

IRRESPONSIBLE drivers who get behind the wheel under the influence of drink or drugs are being targeted by West Midlands Police as the force launches its Christmas campaign.

Nortei Nortey: Solihull Moors sign Wrexham defender on one-month loan 

6 Dec

Solihull Moors sign defender Nortei Nortey from National League rivals Wrexham on a one-month loan.

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6 Dec

Josh Hawker, Lei Brown and Marco Adaggio score the goals to earn Highgate an April Worcestershire Senior Urn Final meeting with Bromsgrove Sporting.

M&J Christmas Training Session 

5 Dec

M&J Christmas Training Session...

Sils Look To Put Tam On Toast 

2 Dec

Silhillians vs Tamworth @ Copt Heath, 2.15pm KO...


26 Nov

Eight goals but hardly a thriller as error strewn game goes St Andrew's way...


23 Nov

A deserved point which should have been more, McCauley Manning equalising in the second half for a Gate side reduced to ten men after just two minutes...

Fancy a drive in the Warwickshire countryside? 

23 Nov

Saturday 26 November...

RFU Midlands Intermediate Cup quarter final and England v Australia 

20 Nov

Lunch at the club...


19 Nov

Highgate found form and consistency to out manoeuvre and beat a very good Coventry United side which was never allowed to play to its full potential...


14 Nov

Highgate pushed Birmingham City all the way in this thoroughly entertaining Birmingham Senior Cup tie but finally succumbed in a nail biting penalty shoot out...

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Extra Care Housing Development, Chelmsley Wood 

6 Dec

An interesting report came to Solihull Cabinet last week, with cabinet being asked to ‘approve the development of an affordable ‘extra care’ housing development at Marlene Croft, Chelmsley Wood, being partof the former Coleshill Primary School ...

BVP – Rationale for support 

5 Dec

On Wednesday 30 November 2016 Solihull’s Planning Committee (made up of fellow elected councillors) approved the planning application by IM Properties who sought to build on Blythe Valley Park; 750 homes, a 250 room care facility, a 200 room hotel ...

ROLL OF COUNCILLORS – REPORT via Centre for Public Scrutiny 

17 Nov

The Councillors Commission, launched by the Local Government Research Unit in partnership with the De Montfort University and the Municipal Journal, has produced an interim report on the role of councillors based on the 20 round tables and 147 ...


17 Nov

Planning Application PL/2016/02759/PPFL refers to the – Erection of 54 dwellings following the granting of outline permission 2014/1163/S (PL/2014/01985/OLM) for 220 dwellings for land at Tanworth Lane, Cheswick Green, Solihull.


17 Nov

Always a difficult subject and one not to be taken lightly following the decision by the House of Commons to vote themselves a 10% pay rise earlier this year.

Have your say on proposals on removing the cap on non-residential care charges from April 2017 

5 Nov

As you may know, the Council introduced changes in April 2015 to the way we work out the contribution people make towards their non-residential costs.

Solihull’s annual rough sleeper estimate 

4 Nov

Solihull Council is encouraging members of the public to support its annual rough sleeper estimate.


3 Nov

The draft proposals to allow the borough to meet its housing needs have been published and will be discussed at next weeks Cabinet.

Birmingham and Solihull Sustainability and Transformation Plan 

25 Oct

Health and social care organisations in Solihull have a long and strong track record of working closely together to make sure that our local health and social care services are as joined as possible so that Solihull residents are unable to see where ...

Solihull Together for Better Lives 

24 Oct

Solihull Together for Better Lives  is a partnership of local health and social care organisations that have joined together under the banner Solihull Together for better lives.


24 Oct

As a signed up member I receive a regular newsletter from The Heart of England NHS Trust called ‘Heart and Soul’.

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Mr Crumb Stuffing 

5 Dec

I don’t always make stuffing when putting together a Sunday Roast Lunch, but when I do, it is usually a cheap cheerful packet mix that I can make up in minutes (sorry to all food purists, it is very uncouth of me I know…..

Italian Deli Figs 

28 Nov

Regular readers will recall that I reviewed a vegetarian parmesan style cheese earlier in the year from Italian online deli food providers Vorrei .

Review: Boston Tea Party 

15 Nov

  Boston Tea Party .

Six Summits Challenge April 29th-1st May 2017 

7 Nov

Bookings for the Six Summits Challenge will open on the 1st December.

Palestine On A Plate 

6 Nov

Joudie Kalla’s culinary memoir brings to life a part of the world that I have little knowledge about – the area of Palestine.

Review: Baxters Deli Toppers 

4 Nov

Instead of ketchup or hummus, sometimes it is nice to have something different to top your food with, something that will add a different dimension.

Food Roots Interview – Omar Allibhoy 

30 Oct

Omar Allibhoy Photo: c/o Neil Reading PR I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Omar Allibhoy a couple of times over the years, at Birmingham’s Good Food Show and also recently at the Birmingham Food, Drink Hospitality Awards evening (at which ...

Operation Chameleon 2016 Results 

25 Oct

Saturday the 15th October saw Scouts, Explorers, and Leaders from all around Solihull coming together in a car park ready to head out into an unknown adventure! Just over 500 young people and their leaders were transported from Solihull to Cannock ...

Hi-PRO Peanut Butter & Peanut Butter Hummus Recipe 

23 Oct

Peanut butter is one of those staple jarred items in most people’s kitchen cupboards.

Bar Italia Soho London 

15 Oct

Photo: Word In Veg Ways After hearing the track ‘Bar Italia’ on Pulp’s mid-‘90’s album ‘Different Class’ , it has fascinated me ever since, I always wondered what all the fuss was about and why someone would write a song about it.

Review: Bottomless Brunch at The One Elm 

12 Oct

I actually do love the event of brunch, especially at the weekend when you wake up later than normal, sometimes with a hangover, sometimes with hunger and this hybrid of breakfast and lunch can hit the spot to subside both those feelings.

NSGSO 2017 

7 Oct

We are really pleased to announce that applications for the 2017 NSGSO course are now open.

Cafe London – Your Guidebook to London’s Best Cafes 

5 Oct

On the back of the success of Eat Like a Londoner comes Café London , a more bespoke offering that focuses on the city’s café culture and informal dining scene.

Review: Tapas Revolution Birmingham 

29 Sep

Walking into to a huge ‘Buenos Tardes’ greeting as we set foot into Tapas Revolution , was just what we needed to wipe away the traffic jam drama we’d encountered en route.

Warm Vegetable Salad 

19 Sep

Following the food demos by The Vegetable Butcher at selected stores this summer, Sainsbury’s are really flying the flag for vegetables right now, with so many new products on the shelves like black garlic and spiralised boodles, there are new ...

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Solihull recruitment firm in rude health after framework appointment 

9 Dec

SPECIALIST recruitment firm, Plum Personnel has secured a place on a national Framework Agreement to provide recruitment services to the NHS.

Buoyant new car market continues to drive growth for credit provider 

8 Dec

A BUOYANT new car sector is continuing to pay dividends for Solihull-based motor finance provider S&U.

More strikes at Topshop depot in Solihull 

7 Dec

Trade union GMB announces two more days of industrial action at the logistics operation of retail group Arcadia in dispute over minimum wage...

EH SMITH nets second year of premiership hockey club sponsorship with University of Birmingham 

7 Dec

Solihull-based EH Smith Builders' Merchants has extended its title sponsorship deal with the University of Birmingham Hockey Club which counts Olympic gold medalist Lily Owsley amongst its many star p...

Solihull tops list of residential hotspots 

6 Dec

SOLIHULL has been named top hotspot in the country in terms of residential property demand.

750-home housing development set for go-ahead in Solihull 

1 Dec

A 750-home housing development in Solihull is expected to get the nod from the borough council after planners said they had no objections to the scheme providing a section 106 funding agreement is ful...

Solihull hotel moves upmarket after major refurbishment 

30 Nov

A SOLIHULL hotel has been rebranded after undergoing a major refurbishment.

Birmingham pub creates 50 jobs after million-plus facelift 

30 Nov

A BIRMINGHAM pub has created 50 new jobs after undergoing a major refurbishment.

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Theft of farm equipment from yard in Meriden 

14 Jan

Theft of farm equipment from yard in Meriden Police in Solihull have released clear CCTV footage of two men they'd like to speak to after 600 worth of farm equipment was stolen.

Shirley Cramer 

18 Nov

Shirley Cramer From: West MidsFire Views: 1 0 ratings Time: 02:00 More in Education...

‘Wicked’ thieves sought after poppy tin thefts in Solihull 2 

3 Nov

Wicked thieves sought after poppy tin thefts in Solihull 2 Another CCTV installment of a man suspected of stealing poppy tins in the Solihull area.

‘Wicked’ thieves sought after poppy tin thefts in Solihull 1 

3 Nov

Wicked thieves sought after poppy tin thefts in Solihull 1 Despite Remembrance Day approaching and this year being the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One, thieves in Solihull are stealing poppy tins.

The Termite-inators…sisters embark on new career in Korea 

26 Aug

The Termite-inators...

Industrial action 

8 Aug

Update issued at 2.05pm Saturday 9 August: This lunchtime’s two-hour strike by firefighters ended at 2pm.

Firefighters’ strikes 

11 Jul

Update issued at 8.05am Monday 14 July: During this morning's two-hour strike by firefighters, which ended at 8am, we had 13 fire engines and one Brigade Response Vehicle available to deploy.

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Leaves in gutters, 9th December 

9 Dec

Leaves from a ridiculously big Silver Birch (you cannot miss it) are still lying in the gutters.

Travelling South on the A452 towards this traffic island, the kerb on LH side curves to the right, to slow down traffic. In the dark, it is difficult to see this road alteration. Causing cars to go over the kerb. Is it possible to erect reflective plastic bollards to warn drivers of this obsticle?, 9th December 

9 Dec

See explanation above Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 187 Kenilworth Road, Balsall Common Report on FixMyStreet...

ICT Infrastructure 

8 Dec

Response by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to Jay Rouf on 8 December 2016 .

ICT Infrastructure 

7 Dec

Request sent to Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council by Jay Rouf on 7 December 2016 .

Finance Management Systems for your schools 

7 Dec

Response by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to Ryan on 7 December 2016 .

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