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Investigation underway following a fatal hit and run in Olton.  

17 Jul

Warwick Road between Old Warwick Road and Richmond Road remains closed this morning (17/07) as officers investigate a rush hour death.

Warwick Road closed after Olton man dies in rush-hour hit-and-run crash 

17 Jul

AN OLTON man has been killed in a hit-and-run crash during rush hour yesterday (Monday, July 16) evening.

Npower set sail to raise £20,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support 

17 Jul

KIND-HEARTED sailors tested their sea legs on the River Severn, as they raised more than £20,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Olton man dies in rush-hour hit-and-run crash 

17 Jul

The 46-year-old was struck as he walked on the pavement in Solihull.

Knowle therapist sparks national debate on improving speech and communication needs provision 

16 Jul

A KNOWLE speech therapist has reached nearly 11,000 signatures for her petition to improve speech and communication needs provision in the UK.

England’s heroes flew to Birmingham Airport after thrilling World Cup run 

16 Jul

ENGLAND'S World Cup heroes returned to Birmingham Airport following their thrilling run to fourth place.

Costa Del Solihull returns to Touchwood this weekend 

16 Jul

THE SEASIDE is set to arrive in Touchwood this weekend.

Hand grenade found in Sheldon home and police cordon put in place 

16 Jul

A HAND grenade has been found at an address in Sheldon and roads have been cordoned off by police.

Police sleeping in sports hall as Donald Trump visits UK ‘unacceptable’ 

16 Jul

THE SLEEPING conditions of police sent to London to protect American President, Donald Trump, during his state visit has been branded an 'absolute disgrace' by...

Former Yardley man who emigrated to Australia while awaiting trial handed community sentence 14 years later 

16 Jul

A YARDLEY man who emigrated to Australia while he was wanted for his part in a night-time burglary was arrested when he came back for a surprise birthday party.

EDITOR’S COMMENT: Brexit mess was entirely predictable 

15 Jul

Editor Les Reid's column in this week's Observer.

LETTERS: Your discussion from across the borough in this week’s Observer 

15 Jul

Letters from this week's Observer regarding recycling Brexit and bowel cancer.

WESTMINSTER DIARIES: Honoured to visit Lyndon Residents’ Association 

14 Jul

Solihull MP Julian Knight's column in this week's Observer.

Revolutionary new app to support autistic people supported by Meriden MP 

13 Jul

MERIDEN MP Dame Caroline Spelman has joined campaigners and charities to celebrate the launch of a revolutionary app to support autistic people.

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SRUFC AGM, 6.30pm, Tuesday 10th July 

5 Jul


VIDEO: Carl Ikeme opens cancer unit 

3 Jul

The 32-year-old was looking fit and healthy as he helped open a new chemotherapy unit at Solihull Hospital...


2 Jul

Please note we have now changed our main website to www.

Notice of SRUFC AGM 2018 

17 Jun

The AGM of SRUFC will be held at the Club House, Warwick Road, Copt Heath on Tuesday 10th July 2018 at 6.30 pm.


16 Jun

The Gate are delighted to announce that Paul Smith has agreed to join The Gate as joint manager alongside Ashley Pulisciano...

Members Ticket application form for the Quilter Pre-Christmas Internationals 

1 Jun

Quilter Pre-Christmas Internationals at Twickenham...

Swansea want Potter 

22 May

The 42-year-old from Solihull is currently managing Swedish side Ostersunds, who gave Arsenal a scare in the Europa League this season...


15 May

Highgate United u13s complete League and Cup Double...


5 May

A convincing victory not enough to prevent the gate closing on Highgate's runners up dreams...

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Blogs »

Healthwatch Annual Report 

13 Jul

Please find attached the Annual Report from Solihull’ s Healthwatch 2017/18.

Planning Application – Lady Lane 

12 Jul

An interesting application has been submitted this week, seeking outline permission to develop housing on a plot of land adjoining 68 Lady Lane, Cheswick Green.


10 Jul

Just a few days prior to the floods on Sunday 27 May I met with the councils Flood Protection officers to discuss the (relatively smaller) flooding which took place over Easter weekend; these were mainly related to parts of Cheswick Green and I ...

Garden Grabbing – Planning Objection 

9 Jul

This post is in conjunction with a previous post on this matter: https://cllrkenhawkins.

Creynolds Lane – Request for reduction in speed limit 

5 Jul

On behalf of residents of Creynolds Lane I have submitted a representation seeking a reduction of the current 40mph speed limit to 30 mph.

Back Garden Planning Application – Dickens Heath 

28 Jun

A long awaited application for development behind houses in Birchy Leasowes Lane, Dickens Heath (on border with Tidbury Green) has been submitted to the council – application PL/2018/01710/PPFL refers.

Badminton Umpire 

21 Jun

Can you become a badminton umpire? If you are a badminton player and know the rules, can you become a badminton umpire?  If you play and want to take your badminton one step further then sign up on a local umpiring course.

Staying Cool in Hot Weather 

21 Jun

‘We’re having a heatwave, we’re having a heatwave…’ I cant remember what musical this comes from but it seems we are in for great weather in the next week or so.

Community Litter Pick 

20 Jun

Yesterday we undertook a community litter pick on Stratford Road (A34) in Monkspath.

Royal British Legion launches outreach service in Solihull 

16 Jun

Together with fellow ward Councillor James Butler it was a privilege to support Elaine Butler at the launch of the Outreach Service in Solihull this week.

S2 and S3 Bus Services – Solihull 

12 Jun

I have been engaged with residents from the more rural area of Blythe ward (Cheswick Green, Tidbury Green and Dickens Heath) for a while now; collating details of service disruption.

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Features »

Introducing Simon Hague 

26 Jun

At the AGM yesterday, Simon Hague was appointed as Chair of Solihull Scout Council Committee.

Foodies Festival Comes Back to Birmingham 

12 Jun

Foodies Festival has now become a fixture on Birmingham’s events calendar and once again it returns to Cannon Hill Park in Edgbaston ready to accommodate the 30,000 food lovers that are set to visit.

Review: Jacob The Angel 

8 Jun

It's good to go somewhere for a 'nice' coffee.

Engage with Parents Workshop 

3 Jun

The County has asked the Regional Services Team to support you with 2 workshops around how to engage with parents.

Our new brand 

1 Jun

Welcome to our new brand.

Annual General Meeting 2018 

1 Jun

We’ve had a great year.

What’s On The Menu in Krakow? 

30 May

Kraków is one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Growth in Solihull 

9 May

Solihull Scouts have recorded another year of growth, including a 5 % increase in volunteers, according to the latest annual membership figures released today.

Talking Rubbish in Solihull 

17 Apr

As well as fundraising for 1st Solihull, Chris Dunster runs a not-for-profit group called Talking Rubbish in Solihull.

Bronze Awards Registration 2018 

17 Apr

The First Chief Scout Bronze Awards of the year will take place on Friday 18th May 2018m, at St Mary’s Church, 30 Hobs Meadow,  Solihull B928PN Starting at 18:45 to sign your beavers up to the event please fill in the below form HERE...

Solihull Radio Appearance 

8 Apr

Since launching on 6 December 2017, Solihull has had its own radio station ( Solihull Radio ) giving the community the opportunity to hear about local events, news and a chance for residents to promote their wares live on air.

Introducing Suzanne Budd, the new District Commissioner for Blythe. 

4 Apr

Today we’d like to introduce you to Suzanne Budd, the new District Commissioner for Blythe.

A Final Word from Andy Baynes 

3 Apr

And it’s goodnight from him… I had the good fortune to inherit a District in fine fettle from Jill Bowman.

Solihull Clean Sweep at Chase Walk 2018 

26 Mar

Solihull Scouting shows their skills of the great outdoors by winning all available trophies at the 2018 Chase Walk.

Nigel Slater: The Christmas Chronicles 

25 Mar

I have daffodils in a vase on my table.

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Business »

High calibre speaker programme lined up for MIM Expo 

14 Jun

Made in the Midlands has once again assembled a high profile list to speakers to address seminars at this year’s Expo.

West Midlands Mayor to open Made in the Midlands Exhibition 

23 May

Hundreds of manufacturers will be demonstrating their resilience in the face of a slowing sector when they take part in this year’s Made in the Midlands exhibition.


27 Apr

Low Carbon SMEs at Aston Business School, provide expert advice and grant support to SMEs in the Greater Birmingham Solihull LEP area.


27 Apr

Low Carbon SMEs at Aston Business School, provide expert advice and grant support to SMEs in the Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP area.

Apprentice Case Study: Kieren Kirwan Shares His Apprenticeship Journey 

9 Mar

Kieren Kirwan, 22 from Shard End in Birmingham, is in the final year of an Electrical installation apprenticeship with multi-disciplinary engineering firm, adi Group, which has a base in Castle Bromwich, Birmingham.

Apprentice Case Study: Josh Patton Shares His Apprenticeship Journey 

7 Mar

Josh Patton, 21 from Halesowen, in the West Midlands, is in the final year of an Electrical Engineering apprenticeship with multi-disciplinary engineering firm, adi Group, which has a base in Castle Bromwich, Birmingham.

This 17th century Solihull farmhouse is to be transformed into a pub and restaurant 

19 Feb

Company behind Birmingham bar The Physician is hoping to renovate listed farmyard complex...

New Indian gastro pub to open in Solihull 

8 Feb

The Tap Tandoor will open in Solihull in April 2018...

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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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LocalGov »

Abandoned Car, 17th July 

17 Jul

Car has been left unattended for over a month.

Please clean up the graffiti., 16th July 

16 Jul

There is a growing amount of graffiti when the street crossed the canal.

SEND and ASC transport spend 

16 Jul

Follow up sent to Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council by HCT Group on 16 July 2018 .

Litter, noise, swearing and possible drug-taking in the eving at Malvern Park, 15th July 

15 Jul

Most evenings teenagers take over the photographed seating areas - swearing, shouting and, we think, drugtaking.

Pothole, 14th July 

14 Jul

Recently emerged pothole and surrounding tarmac broken Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Fairway Oldwich Lane West, Chadwick End Report on FixMyStreet...

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  • The frozen Grand Union Canal in Olton at Richmond Road

     on flickr 3 Mar 18
    The frozen Grand Union Canal in Olton.

    Seen the day after a heavy snowfall in the West Midlands.

    The aftermath of the snow from early March 2018 as a result of the Beast from the East and Storm Emma

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